Connacht receive major boost as Tom McCartney signs contract extension

The new deal will see McCartney remain with the province for another three years

Connacht receive major boost as Tom McCartney signs contract extension

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Connacht rugby have confirmed that hooker Tom McCartney has signed a contract extension which will see him stay on with the Pro 12 champions until at least 2020.

McCartney marked his 50th appearance for the club with a man-of-the-match performance against Benetton Treviso in the Pro 12 earlier this month.

He crossed the whitewash twice in the first half to help his side record a 47-8 victory in the Sportsground on that occasion. He also lined out for Connacht at the weekend where they deservedly earned a two-point win over London Wasps in the Champions Cup. He first signed for the club in 2014 in a transfer from Auckland. 

Commenting on his new deal with the province, McCartney - who will be Irish qualified in 2017 - said he was 'delighted' with the announcment.

“I’m delighted to sign on for another three years with Connacht Rugby. I came here excited to be able to help the province achieve its vision of success and I believe we have the structures in place to see us continue to go from strength to strength.”

Head coach Pat Lam said that the move will make a 'massive statement' for the club going forward.

"I’m delighted for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Tom has re-signed. It is a massive statement for the future of the squad and the province." 

"I’ve known Tom for so much of his career and he is a valuable leader on and off the pitch. Along with all the other recent re-signings, he will be an important contributor to the future success of the province."