Monday 11 December 2017

Leinster confirm 21 contract renewals and one new signing

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor

Leinster have confirmed that 21 players have signed new IRFU contracts for next season and they have also captured a new signature.

Former Ireland underage star Sean McCarthy has joined the province from Jersey RFC.

Commenting on the renewals O'Connor said, "We are delighted to be able to announce these contracts in preparation for the season ahead. It's important for us as we continue to build that we have a group of players that are committed to the club and that share our vision for the future. While getting 22 contracts over the line is a huge undertaking the enthusiasm of the players was evident and we are very happy with where we are with our retention and recruitment drive.

"Sean McCarthy is a player that we have been keeping an eye on for a while now. He is a young and dynamic prop and we need to have quality players in this highly attritional position. Sean has been capped at underage level for Ireland and has performed well for Jersey RFC in the RFU Championship and B&I Cup and we look forward to welcoming him to Leinster in the Summer.

"We are also delighted that a number of our Academy players have stepped up and have been rewarded with either full or development contracts. We have seen over the last number of years that the Leinster Academy is developing top class players and men and once again a number of them played significant roles when called upon in the PRO12 this season.

"There are one or two other players that we have identified as recruitment targets and we hope to announce them in due course but we have a big game this weekend against Edinburgh and the small matter of a PRO12 semi-final thereafter so all our focus will be on those two games.”

Renewals

Michael Bent

Isaac Boss

Sam Coghlan-Murray

Jack Conan

Gordon D'Arcy

Tom Denton

Aaron Dundon

Darragh Fanning

Tadhg Furlong

Jamie Heaslip

Shane Jennings

Dave Kearney

Jack McGrath

Luke McGrath

Martin Moore

Sean O'Brien

Colm O'Shea

Eoin Reddan

Noel Reid

Rhys Ruddock

James Tracy

New Signing

Sean McCarthy (from Jersey RFC)

 

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