Underage All Black star with Belfast roots relishing new challenge with Ulster

A picture of new Ulster signing Aidan Morgan
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Ulster new boy Aidan Morgan says the opportunity to play in the birthplace of his grandfather was a key reason for him making the switch to Kingspan Stadium. The Auckland-born fly-half, who turns 23 next month and is Irish-Qualified through his Belfast-born grandfather.

Morgan, who has become known for his energy and competitiveness on the field, has signed a two-year deal with the province. He is relishing the move to Belfast as he believes it is "a great time" to be joining Ulster.

"I'm really looking forward to making the move to Belfast this summer, and getting the opportunity to represent Ulster and the birthplace of my grandfather," said Morgan. "I know that Ulster is steeped in history, and I'm looking forward to being a part of the atmosphere at Kingspan Stadium.

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"I'm really excited for the opportunity to be a part of a talented team, and to play in front of the club’s passionate supporters. It's a great time to be joining Ulster. I'm excited to play alongside a very skilful squad under Richie and the coaching team’s vision for the future."

Morgan has represented New Zealand at U20s level and currently plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby. Head of Rugby Operations and Recruitment at Ulster Rugby, Bryn Cunningham, said Morgan has the key qualities that directly align to the province's strategic objectives

He said: “As part of our recruitment process, we explored a number of options around what would work best for the club in terms of our short-term needs versus our longer-term, wider ambitions as a club for the years ahead.

“While Aidan will bring a mix of youth, competitiveness and high energy - key qualities that directly align to our strategic objectives over the coming years - he also, importantly as a 10, exudes a maturity beyond his years. Being Irish-Qualified with roots to Ulster is undoubtedly an added bonus.

“I’m looking forward to Aidan continuing to develop and grow with this talented squad under the leadership of Richie, and I am confident that he will make the province proud as one of the Ulster men.”

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