Connacht has announced the signing of Alex Wootton on loan from Munster, the 25-year-old traveling to Galway for the 2020-21 season.

Born in England, Wootton is a product of the Munster academy and has made 39 appearances for the province since his debut in September 2016, scoring 13 tries.

The former Ireland seven and under-20 player arrives at the Sportsground to bolster Andy Friend’s options in the baseline.

Referring to the one-season loan deal, Connacht boss Friend said: “I am really delighted to welcome Alex Wootton to the province. Alex is a very exciting three-back player who has all the talent to take his game to the next level.

“His versatility on the back line will also help us as we look to compete on both fronts next season. As a team, we look forward to welcoming him onto the sports field and making him part of the playing team. ”

Meanwhile, on his move to Galway, Wootton said: “I am delighted to join Connacht Rugby for the coming season. After talking to Andy and the rest of the coaching staff, it’s clear that they are a team full of ambition and conviction, and I want to play my part in that.

“I can’t wait to meet the rest of the squad and start preparations for what I’m sure will be a very exciting season.”