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Published: 10:32 | 8/1/16

Muldoon extends Connacht stay

John Muldoon has signed a new contract that will keep him at Connacht for the 2016-17 season.

Muldoon made his senior debut for Connacht in 2004 and is currently in his 13th season with the province, earning 260 appearances, including 58 European games.

His contract had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign but he has committed to remaining with the Westerners for another year.

"It was very easy for me to sign on with Connacht for another year. I love this place, and I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else now. I’m definitely the ‘old man’ in the squad now that Swifty (Michael Swift) is gone but I don’t feel it. Playing and training with these younger lads just drives me on even further and I’m really enjoying what we’re doing as a squad," Muldoon said.

"Connacht has changed immeasurably since I started out but every year we have been building and I’ve just loved being a part of it. There have been plenty of highs and lows but those experiences, particularly the lows, just remind me of how far we have come.

"I’m excited about the rest of the season and the next and I believe we can achieve big things for Connacht."

Head coach Pat Lam welcomed the news, saying: "Not only is John one of the most consistent players in terms of his performances, he is a hugely respected individual as our captain. After so many years, he continues to demand high standards of himself and of everyone around him. With the amount of youth we have coming through, you cannot underestimate the importance of his experience and his character when it comes to helping others understand who and what Connacht stands for. He epitomises the ‘Connacht man’ and is a great example to our younger players about what you can achieve with hard work.

"Personally I am very happy to be working with John again next season."

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