Connacht have secured the future of one of their star players
Connacht have secured the future of Ireland international Kieran Marmion with the 23-year-old putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract.
Having started out in the Connacht Academy in 2012, Marmion earned his first PRO12 cap for Connacht that September when he lined out against Cardiff Blues in the opening round of the league.
He went on to start every game of the 2012/13 season and was the sole Connacht squad member and only player in the league to do so. Now in his fourth season at the province, the young number 9 has 86 Connacht appearances to his name.
"I'm delighted to be staying with Connacht Rugby for at least the next two years and I'm looking forward to achieving some big things with the team in that time. I'm really enjoying the rugby we're playing and the culture we've built. It's a very exciting time to be involved," said Marmion.
Head Coach Pat Lam added: "It's great for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Kieran has chosen to continue playing at the Sportsground where he started out his professional career.
"Over the years, he has grown enormously as a player and as a person and has obviously established himself as a vital cog in the team. At 23, he's still very young but he is a key member of our leadership group and is massively respected by everyone on and off the field.
"I've really enjoyed working with him and I look forward to continuing that for another two seasons."