Irish-qualified back Will Addison, who was part of the England 20 side that won the 2012 Junior Six Nations, has been training with Ireland this week.
It’s understood Joe Schmidt played a role in luring the 25-year-old to Ulster ahead of next season and his involvement at Ireland training last week suggests he has a strong chance of breaking into the national set-up in the future.
Addison, who can play in midfield or the back three, was club captain at Sale Sharks up until the end of the season and his signature is something of a coup for Ulster.
“In Will’s case, he was over visiting family and he had an opportunity to come in,” said Easterby.
“I guess when you’ve got someone who’s moving to Ulster and is Irish-qualified and we had the opportunity to get him into the squad was good, and for the players to meet him.
“It was quite a useful time for him and for us to see him in action.”