Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hot prospect Henderson pens new Ulster deal

Ulster's Iain Henderson
Ulster's Iain Henderson
David Kelly

David Kelly

ULSTER have moved to secure one of the finest young Irish prospects in the sport by tying Iain Henderson to a three-year deal.

Henderson, who can play a number of roles in the back five of the pack, has enjoyed a meteoric rise and Declan Kidney called him up for a national training camp last month, even though he hadn't played a minute of competitive rugby this season.

"I'm delighted to have signed a new contract with Ulster," said Henderson after signing his first professional contract, having been rapidly upgraded from a development contract.

"I've dreamed of being a professional with my home province and it's fantastic that it's come to fruition. I can't wait to continue my development at Ravenhill.

"There's a lot of competition in the squad, particularly in the back-row, but I want to try to get as many games as possible under my belt."

Henderson made his senior debut for Ulster as a substitute in the Pro12 loss to Connacht in April. The following month, he marked his first start with a fine individual try against Munster at Thomond Park, courtesy of an explosive run down the touchline.

"Iain is one of the brightest young players in Ireland," said director of rugby David Humphreys. "He has all the attributes required to be a top-class forward and we are delighted to welcome him into the professional set-up.

"We are trying to build a team of home-grown players which is capable of competing with and beating the best teams in Europe, and Iain epitomises what we are trying to achieve."

Irish Independent

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