Sandford to become an Exile
April 6, 2011
London Irish boss Toby Booth believes James Sandford will prove a big hit at the Madjeski Stadium © Getty Images
London Irish have signed James Sandford on a one-year deal from Championship outfit Rother Titans.
The former Ulster lock, 22, will arrive at the Madjeski Stadium in the summer and Exiles head coach Toby Booth believes that Sandford will prove a valuable addition to his squad.
"James is a young lad with a big future in the game," he said. "He already has the physical attributes to compete with the best in his position, youthful exuberance and a willingness to keep learning and to improve as a player."
Meanwhile, James is thrilled that he will be playing Aviva Premiership next season, just over a year after leaving Ireland to link up with Rotherham.
"It is going to be great to follow in the footsteps of so many great Irish players in putting on the London Irish jersey," he said. "It is a great club with a proud tradition and I look forward to helping them achieve success when I join next season.
"I am very grateful to Rotherham and to Andre Bester, who has been a great mentor over the past season, but a move to the Exiles is a great opportunity and a chance to step up to the next level. "
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