Saturday 3 December 2016

Future looks bright for Connacht as five young stars sign contract extensions

Published 03/10/2016 | 11:43

Peter Robb of Connacht scores a try
Peter Robb of Connacht scores a try

Connacht have confirmed that five of their brightest stars have signed contract extensions.

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Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, Peter Robb and Caolin Blade - four Academy graduates who are part of the senior set up this season - will continue to play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2018.

In addition, 22-year-old Ukrainian-born prop Ivan Soroka has accepted a professional contract for 2016/17 having been on trial during the summer from Clontarf RFC.

"I have always said that retention is a very important part of what we do," said head coach Pat Lam.

"It is vital that we hold on to young players like these who have come through our Academy to the senior set up and demonstrated that they have the talent and the right attitude to perform on and off the pitch. These four young men certainly showed their potential by playing a big part in the success of last season

"Ivan (Soroka) has also been offered a contract for the season. Like Niyi (Adeolokun) a few years ago, we gave him a chance to come straight in from club rugby on a trial and he has shown that he has the potential and drive to succeed in a professional set up. It's a great opportunity for him."

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