Thursday 17 August 2017

Lam delight after Pro12 record-holder Swift commits to 15th season in Connacht's ranks

Connacht's Michael Swift before a press conference
Connacht's Michael Swift before a press conference

Declan Rooney

The Pro12's most capped player, Michael Swift, is set to go on and on after signing a one-year contract to stay with Connacht for a 15th season.

Swift, who is the province's record caps holder with 262, said he was delighted to commit his future to Pat Lam's outfit for at least another season, vowing to play on for as long as he was physically able.

The 36-year-old second-row has shown no sign of losing his appetite for action, but has mainly featured as an impact sub this season. The veteran has even bagged two tries in his last six games.

"I'm just happy to play another season and be involved. I think there is something special happening here at the moment so I just want to be part of it for as long as possible," he said.

"Early in my career a lot of the games were a struggle, but now we can see where we are progressing as a squad and organisation."

Swift joined Connacht back in 2000 from Leeds Tykes and since then has racked up an impressive 180 league appearances as well as 75 outings for Connacht in Europe.

Lam said: "I think it's the unseen stuff that Swifty does as well, you can't underestimate the influence he has over the young guys."

Irish Independent

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