Boost for Munster as James Cronin and Mike Sherry commit future to province
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has been boosted by the news that prop James Cronin and hooker Mike Sherry have signed contract extensions with the province.
Cronin, who had been attracting interest form the Premiership, has signed a three-year contract extension that will see the Ballincollig native remain with the province until at least June 2019.
Sherry meanwhile has penned a deal that will see him remain with the two-time European champions until at least June 2018.
The decision by Cronin, one of Munster’s best performers this season, is a particular fillip.
A product of the Munster clubs Cronin completed two years of the academy programme before securing a senior contract in 2013 and has made 54 appearances for the province, scoring five tries.
"We are delighted with the latest news, and as a group are hugely lifted with three of our home-grown players committing their futures to the province,” Foley said of the announcement.
Sherry has made 11 appearances this season after recovering from a knee and shoulder injury that sidelined the 27-year-old for 21 months.
Third-year academy player David Johnston will advance to the senior squad next season after signing a development contract for season 2016/17 and a full contract for 2017/18.
The Clonmel-native plays centre and fullback and this year has alternated his appearances between Munster and Munster A.
The 21-year-old made his PRO12 debut against Treviso in Irish Independent Park in September and has made 5 appearances for the province.