Following spells with Bourgoin and more recently Gloucester, Mike Prendergast will return to Munster colours next season, with the province drafting in the experienced scrum half on a one-year contract as cover for Duncan Williams.
Duncan Williams, who came on as a replacement in the pre-season friendly against Viadana last year, is recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained playing for Cork Constitution and the Munster management felt it prudent to have an experienced player such as Mike Prendergast as back-up.
Prendergast, just turned 31, spent a season with Bourgoin where he made five Heineken Cup appearances before moving to Gloucester last season.
Prior to that, he had made 39 appearances in the Munster jersey having made his debut in September 2001.
The 22-year-old Williams, who was capped by Ireland at Schools and Under-21 levels, has come through the Munster Academy and this season he moves on to a Development contract.
Meanwhile, the start of the new season moves ever closer with the first of the Munster squad, those not involved at Ireland senior or ‘A’ levels, expected back for the start of pre-season on Monday.
New head coach Tony McGahan arrives back from holidaying in Australia in the middle of next week and Munster’s international contingent will report for pre-season training at the start of the third week in July.