Talented centre, Chris Farrell, is to leave Ulster at the end of the current season to join French side, FC Grenoble.
The News Letter can reveal the Irish Under-20 interantional has agreed a one-year deal with the side currently lying fifth in the Top 14.
Farrell who has made five appearnces with Ulster was one of the exciting talents to emerge in recent seasons among a young crop of players.
Last season was expected to be his breakthrough season having impressed on a few outings in his first season.
However, he suffered a ruptured ACL and missed last season completely.
Farrell played for Ulster against Scarlets in Llanelli early in the season but then suffered a broken bone playing for Ulster Ravens and is currently on the injured list, but due to return to playing soon.
The Fiveiletown man, who played for Clogher Valley before moving to Belfast to attend school at Campbell College, scored a try in the 2011 Schools’ Cup final success.
Farrell is in a competitive position in Ulster with a wealth of talented midfielders currently gracing the panel and his decision to go to France is understandable.
The length of the deal could see a return to the Province for Farrell in the not too distant future.