The latest transfer news to hit FRU headquarters is the transfer of David McIlwaine who moves from Doncaster to Bristol at the end of the season.
McIlwaine, who wasn’t offered a contract at Ulster last season, has proved to be “literally” a big hit with Doncaster fans and the young Larne man has received due reward with the offer of a year’s contract with Premier League bound Bristol.
An accomplish full back with plenty of power and pace McIlwaine always looked capable of playing at the highest level but during his time with Ulster he was constantly played out of position. You can’t help but think, however, that he would have been the ideal candidate to study under Terblanche and Payne, though I suspect we’ll be seeing him back at Ravenhill in future seasons.
Whether he’ll be joined by Niall Annett and James McKinney remains to be seen with Annett now likely to stay with Ulster following Andi Kyriacou’s shock move to Cadiff Blues.