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Published: 12:06 | 30/5/16

McCall commits to Ulster

Kyle McCall has become the latest in a long line of players to commit his future to Ulster Rugby.

McCall's contract had been due to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season but the 24-year-old has signed a two-year extension which will tie him to the province until 2019.

The new deal comes just weeks after he was named BT Young Player of the Year at the Heineken Ulster Rugby Awards Dinner and the loosehead prop is excited to be staying with Ulster for the next three years.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed coming through the system at Ulster Rugby. Personally, this season has been particularly pleasing because I have played a lot more than I expected to. I'm grateful to Les (Kiss) for giving me an opportunity to prove myself this year. To make my first senior start and then to get my first try were two very proud moments for me and my family," McCall said.

"I want to continue to work hard to develop my core skills and try to push my game on to the next level. Hopefully I can cement a starting position next season and contribute to a successful Ulster team in both the PRO12 and Europe. Les is trying to build something special here and the players have really bought into it."

McCall made his debut against Leinster in March 2013 before earning his first start against Newport Gwent Dragons in November last year.

Director of Rugby believes McCall has a big future in front of him and is delighted he has agreed to remain with Ulster.

"This is another great boost for us, following on from the news that Stuart McCloskey has also signed a contract extension. Kyle established himself as a regular in the senior squad this season with a string of brilliant performances. He was particularly impressive on the European stage as he rose to the challenge with some eye-catching displays in the scrum, with ball in hand and around the park," Kiss said.

"His incessant work-rate has seen him earn a reputation as one of the best trainers in the squad. At 24, he is still young for a front row player, and with his huge potential and desire to be the best that he can be, I've no doubt that he can become a future international.

"I have to say, Bryn Cunningham (Operations Director) has done some great work in not only attracting world class talent like Marcell Coetzee and Charles Piutau to Ulster, but also in retaining our highly talented home-grown players."

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