Tuesday 17 October 2017

Luke Fitzgerald signs new two year Leinster contract

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

LEINSTER winger Luke Fitzgerald has signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the province until the summer of 2015.

There had been speculation in recent weeks that Fitzgerald could be on his way to Thomond Park and Munster but these rumours were unfounded.

Fitzgerald, 25, has played 108 times for the province to date (scoring 26 tries) and was a key member of Leinster's Magners League (2007/08) and three Heineken Cup successes (in 2009, 2011 and 2012).

He made his debut for Leinster at the age of 19 and the versatile former Blackrock College back featured in Ireland's recent Six Nations campaign and was selected for the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa. To date he has made 26 international appearances.

Commenting on the news of his contract extension Luke Fitzgerald said: "I'm delighted to commit my future here. It is hugely frustrating to miss the run-in to the campaign but I'm looking forward to beginning my rehab over the coming weeks and getting back in a blue shirt next season."

Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt added: "We are delighted that a player of Luke's ability has committed his future to the province. At just 25, his best years are ahead of him and hopefully he'll be back better than ever early next season."

Fitzgerald is currently recovering from a cruciate knee injury and will not return to action until the beginning of next season.

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