Published: 10:52 | 19/1/21

Keatley joins Glasgow Warriors


Former Connacht, Munster and Ireland out-half Ian Keatley has signed with Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.

The seven-times-capped Keatley has decided to move closer to home with his young family after his contract with Benetton was cancelled by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old joined the Italian outfit from London Irish after leaving Munster in 2019.

He began his career with Leinster before moving across the Shannon to Connacht in 2008.

After three successful seasons with the Westerners, he moved to Munster in 2011 where he played 180 games and scored 1247 points. He made his international debut against Canada in 2009.    

"It’s a strange time to be joining the team with everything that’s going on with COVID, however I’m really happy to be joining a club and a city with a proud rugby history,” he said.

"I’m looking forward to being able to start on a fresh slate with Glasgow and I’m excited to begin working with Danny (Wilson) and his coaching team.

"This club is a top-quality outfit and I’m relishing the chance to be able to play alongside some of its top-quality talent."

Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson welcomed the signing.

"Ian has been a fantastic player over the years for Munster, Connacht and more recently at Benetton," he said.

"His experience will be great from a performance point of view. He will also be invaluable to the development of our young players.

"It’s apparent and appropriate to suggest that we need to add an experienced fly-half to our situation that we are currently in.

"In our last recruitment cycle, before the season started, we wanted to bring in both a 15 and a 10. However, we didn’t get the opportunity to do that due to COVID.

"Pete Horne has done a great job for us at fly-half this season; however, 12 is his favoured position and with his recent concussion problems and Adam Hastings’ shoulder, we need bring in some experience at fly-half for the last six months of the season.

"We now have that opportunity and we are chuffed to be able to bring in someone of Ian’s quality, experience and knowledge into the squad."

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