Leinster coach Joe Schmidt signs new deal to stay on for another year
LEINSTER have secured the services of coach Joe Schmidt for another year after he led the province to back-to-back Heineken Cup triumphs.
The club revealed this morning that Schmidt has signed a one-year extension to his deal and will remain on board until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
The 46-year-old joined from ASM Clermont Auvergne after winning the Bouclier de Brennus in the summer of 2010 and has enjoyed massive success with the Donnybrook club.
Schmidt said: "I am delighted to sign an extension to my contract here with Leinster. I'm lucky to be part of such a positive coaching team and to have the top quality support staff we have. The professionalism of the players is a real asset and they constantly challenge themselves and each other to improve, which makes them a great group to coach.
"The wider Leinster community have really made my family and I feel welcome here and we have been fortunate to have enjoyed some memorable success on the field. Let's hope that with continued hard work - and a bit of luck - that there will be more bright days ahead."
Leinster chief executive Michael Dawson added: "I am delighted that Joe will remain with Leinster for the next two seasons. Since arriving from France he has overseen and led a period of great growth and success for Leinster, both on and off the field.
"Joe is an outstanding leader and ambassador for the province and he continues to cultivate strong values within our organisation. I know that this news will be welcomed by our loyal following across the province and beyond."