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Stuart Olding has signed a new contract that will tie him to Ulster until the summer of 2019.
Olding has made 39 appearances for the province since making his debut in December 2011, while he was included in the Ireland squad for the 2013 tour of North America.
The 22-year-old, who can operate in several positions across the backline, has battled serious injury during his time at the Kingspan Stadium and he is delighted to have secured a new contract shortly after returning from his latest lay-off.
"I'm delighted to be with Ulster for another few years and it's a boost to sign the extension so soon after my return from injury. I've been unfortunate with injuries over the past couple of seasons but the medical staff and management team here at Ulster have been outstanding and they have provided me with phenomenal support during some tough times," Olding said.
"I believe Ulster Rugby is in a really good place at the minute and it's a great organisation to be part of. The set up here at Kingspan Stadium is first class in terms of the facilities, the quality of players we have - and indeed those that we have coming in, the staff, and the supporters. I look forward to contributing to the success of Ulster over the coming months and years.”
Ulster's Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, added: "To have Stuart committing to Ulster Rugby is another huge boost for us. He has worked incredibly hard to come back from injury and he is starting to recapture some of his best form. The determination and character he has shown in returning from his most recent injury speaks volumes about him as an individual and he is exactly the type of person we need within the squad.
"He is one of the most talented players that I have ever worked with and he is a superb asset to this organisation. I'm sure that he will have a massive impact for us over the next few seasons.”