Connacht tie down Willie Faloon with new deal until 2016
OPENSIDE flanker Willie Faloon has signed on for another two years with Connacht.
Faloon joined Connacht from Ulster at the start of the 2012/13 season but has been plagued with injury.
But the 6ft 1in, 100kg back-rower has racked up 20 caps despite lengthy spells on the sidelines in the last two seasons.
Faloon is currently recovering from a broken foot he suffered against Ulster in September.
He had a remarkable first season with Connacht and was named Player of the Month for February having just returned from a long term injury.
He earned his first Ireland Wolfhound cap and scored a try against Scotland 'A' in 2011 and played England Saxons the same year.
Voted Ulster Academy Player of the Year in 2009, he won the AIB Cup with his native Ballynahinch and went on to earn his first Heineken Cup cap with Ulster away to Stade Francais in the same year. He played 57 times for Ulster, including 14 appearances in the Heineken Cup.
Faloon said: "Obviously it's extremely disappointing to be injured, but I still feel very much a part of the team and am actively involved in analysis and team meetings. Right now, I am working hard with the physio Gavin (Malouf) and the conditioning staff to come back improved as soon as possible.
“I am delighted to be playing in Connacht for another two years.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam said: "This is another fantastic boost for the club. Willie is an exceptional player for Connacht and a great person off the field too.
"I know Willie has been frustrated with his injury early this season but he is continuing to work hard on the development of his game and we look forward to having him back stronger in the coming months and for the seasons ahead."