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Published: 12:29 | 2/3/16

Marshall signs Ulster extension

Luke Marshall has become the latest player to commit his future to Ulster and the IRFU.

The centre has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2018.

A graduate of the Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy, Marshall made his provincial debut against Munster in October 2010 and in over years he has amassed 76 appearances, scoring 14 tries.

In total he has represented Ireland on six occasions, with his first international cap coming in the 2013 Six Nations Championship against Scotland

"It is always a privilege for me to play for my home Province so I'm delighted to be staying on for another couple of seasons," Marshall said of his new deal. "We have a strong squad that is only getting better, and with the coaching team that we have in place, I believe we are well-positioned to challenge for silverware in the near future.

"We have come close to winning something over the past few seasons so there is definitely some unfinished business."

Ulster's Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, added: "We're delighted that Luke has committed his future to us, particularly given that there was a high level of interest in him. Luke is one of our core group of indigenous players which is the bedrock of this squad and, at just 24, we believe that his best rugby is still ahead of him. He is an outstanding professional and a really good person to have in the squad.

"Luke has been in superb form for us this season in both the PRO12 and in Europe. His clever running lines and strong ball-carrying have been a real asset to us in attack, particularly during our European campaign in which he scored three tries. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to distribute the ball from first or second receiver which has really benefitted Paddy Jackson. Defensively, he has also excelled and he has forged good relationships with everyone he has played alongside in midfield.”

In recent weeks, Stuart Olding, Jared Payne, Sean Reidy, Ricky Lutton and Louis Ludik have all signed new deals to remain with the province.

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