McCloskey commits to Ulster on four-year deal
Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey has penned a contract extension with Ulster that will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until 2019.
The 23-year-old has been one of the breakout stars of this season, cementing his place in Les Kiss' midfield with a string of impressive displays that earned him his international debut against England during the Six Nations.
"Despite some strong interest from other clubs, it was a fairly straightforward decision since all of my family and friends are here," he said.
"The supporters, the facilities that we have and the quality of the coaching were all factors in my decision."
Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors out-half Finn Russell has yet to return to Scotland after being forced off the pitch in the opening minute of his side's Pro12 play-off defeat to Connacht on Saturday.
The 23-year-old clashed heads with team-mate Zander Fagerson and was stretchered off after lengthy treatment.
He was treated in Galway University Hospital and subsequently transferred to Beaumont where the club report he has made "significant" improvement in his recovery.
However, his season is over after he was ruled out of Scotland's summer tour of Japan.