Prop Jack McGrath has signed a new two-year contract with Ulster which will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until at least the summer of 2022.
The 30-year-old, who has won 56 caps for Ireland and featured for the Lions in the 2017 series against the All Blacks, will come off a central IRFU deal and on to a new provincial contract next season.
After an injury-ravaged couple of seasons, McGrath has been re-invigorated since his move north from Leinster at the beginning of the 208-19 campaign and is set to play a crucial role in Ulster’s push for PRO14 honours this season.
“Jack’s reliably strong performances and vast international experience make him a great asset to Ulster, so I’m delighted that he’s chosen to continue his career here with us,” head coach Dan McFarland said.
“By renewing the contracts of players such as Jack, we are continuing to strengthen our squad now and also into the future, given the important leadership he provides for our young talent starting out in their careers.
“I’m confident that Jack will play an important role in Ulster’s successes in the years ahead.”
McGrath expressed his delight at signing a deal to stay on at the Kingspan, saying: “On arriving at Ulster, I was welcomed with open arms and I have very much settled here since joining at the start of this season.
“It’s a fantastic set-up in terms of the players, coaches and support staff that I get to work alongside every day and I look forward to what the future holds for the province over the course of the next two years.”
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