Former Portlaoise rugby player Eoghan Masterson has signed a new contract with Connacht.
They have announced that the back rower has signed a two-year extension to his contract to take him up to the end of the 2019/20 season.
It is a reward for Masterson who has been in fine form for his province this year.
He has made almost 60 appearances for Connacht in total, including 22 outings in the current campaign.
The 24-year-old also captained Connacht for the first time in the Challenge Cup home win over Worcester Warriors back in October.
Commenting on the westerners’ latest player contract news, Connacht head coach Kieran Keane said: “We are delighted that Eoghan has committed to Connacht for another two seasons.
“Eoghan is a determined young man who has come through the Connacht Academy system and is now a natural leader among the group. I have no doubt he will continue to be an important player for us in the years ahead.”
Speaking about his contract extension, Masterson said: “I’m absolutely delighted to extend my contract with Connacht.
“I am very proud of my connections with the west of Ireland and very grateful to have come through the Academy system in Connacht.
“It was a massive honour to captain the province on a number of occasions this season and I’m determined to be part of further success here at the Sportsground in the coming seasons.”