Exeter Chiefs sign lock Aly Muldowney from Glasgow

Aly Muldowney
Muldowney signed for Glasgow in May 2010

Exeter Chiefs have snapped up lock forward Aly Muldowney on a two-year-contract from Glasgow Warriors.

The 27-year-old, who has previously played for Stourbridge and Moseley, becomes the Premiership side's fifth new signing ahead of next season.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said: "I've watched games where he's made 20 carries, 15 tackles, made his clear outs and won his line-outs.

"He's going to have that work ethic we demand of our front-five forwards."

Muldowney started 11 matches for Glasgow since switching from Mosley at the start of the season.

And Warriors say that, having struggled to settle his family in the city, he sought a move close to relatives in Devon.

"I think he's also relatively disappointed at the amount of game time he's had at Glasgow, but then he's been behind the two current Scotland second rows," said Baxter.

"He's playing regularly now with those guys being pulled out and he looks to me like a player who is improving all the time with exposure to professional rugby."

For Muldowney, the chance to play Premiership rugby at Sandy Park was too good to pass up.

"I've come up against Exeter in the past when I played for Moseley, so I know they are a very good team - that are not only skilful but also very physical," he said.

"Playing in the Magners League was obviously a step up in the standard I was used to in the Championship.

"I think I have added new things to my game during my time at Glasgow, but this a great opportunity to further my career at a Premiership club."

Muldowney thanked Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen for respecting his wishes.

"This was a very hard decision to make, but ultimately I have had to make the best decision for my family, who weren't settling in Glasgow," he told Warriors' website.

"I spoke to Sean, who understood this and was very supportive.

"So, when the offer came in from Exeter, it effectively killed two birds with one stone by moving my family close to relatives in Devon while offering me the chance to continue playing top-flight rugby."