Muller agrees Ulster switch
South African to join Magners League outfit at end of Super 14
By James Mason. Last Updated: 03/02/10 1:44pm
Muller: New challenge
South African international Johann Muller has signed a two-year contract with Ulster, with the lock set to join the club at the end of the 2010 Super 14 competition.
"My 12 years with the Sharks in Durban, have been unforgettable and I know that my years at Ulster have many more wonderful memories in store for me"
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The 29-year-old currently plays for the Natal Sharks where he is a key member of the first-team squad.
Muller has also gained 23 caps for The Springboks, his most recent appearance against the British and Irish Lions last summer.
Mossell Bay-born Muller has been with the Sharks for twelve years and the second-rower has enjoyed his time spent at the club, but admits he is looking forward to his new challenge.
He said: "My family and I are really looking forward to our new life in Ulster, and reuniting with my old friend BJ (Botha) and his family.
"I am very excited by this opportunity to play for a club with such a rich rugby tradition and awesome support.
"My 12 years with the Sharks in Durban have been unforgettable and I know that my years at Ulster have many more wonderful memories in store for me.
"I would like to thank my current CEO Brian van Zyl, and his management, for their support in my decision and to David Humphreys for inviting me to Ulster and portraying the passion of the club.
"I look forward to meeting you all in July at Ravenhill."
Muller is the first signing Ulster have made ahead of the 2010/11 season and director of rugby David Humphreys is delighted with his new recruit.
He added: "Ulster rugby is looking forward to welcoming another world class South African forward to Belfast for the next two seasons.
"A line-out specialist and respected captain, Johann will add a hard edge to a pack that, under Brian McLaughlin and Jeremy Davidson, has become increasingly competitive over the past few months.
"A lot has been spoken about the potential and the youth of this current Ulster squad and we are committed to signing foreign players who, like Johann, have the ability to improve our performances on the pitch but also help develop these young players into Ulster and Ireland stars of the next decade."