Ireland Star Signs New Two-Year Contract
Paddy Jackson has signed a two-year contract extension with Ulster Rugby, with the province revealing they had to fend off interest from European rivals for his signature.
The talented playmaker has made 118 appearances for his province since making his debut in February 2011 against the Scarlets.
Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss said it is a “huge boost” that the outhalf is tied down for another two years and suggested that it was not an entirely smooth contract process.
“It was far from a straightforward process but Bryn (Cunningham, Operations Director) has done a marvellous job in negotiating the terms of the contract and I’m really pleased with the solution that we have in place,” he said.
“He progressed through the Academy structures here and has grown into a fantastic player and leader, who commands the respect of the entire squad.
“It was no surprise that there was a lot of interest in him from other big European clubs”
“He is the type of player that we can build the team around and it’s important that we have home-grown talent at the forefront of what we’re trying to achieve here.
“His ability and leadership will be critical for us in the future.”
Kiss also revealed in the statement that Jackson had attracted interest from a number of European clubs during the contract re-negotiation process.
“Paddy’s form over the past few years has been widely acknowledged and it was no surprise that there was a lot of interest in him from other big European clubs,” he added.