Munster have been handed a boost with the news that James Cronin and Mike Sherry have both signed contract extensions with the province.

Cronin had been linked to a move away from Munster, with London Irish reported to, at one stage, have been close to agreeing a deal to take him to the Madejski Stadium.

However, Cronin has signed a three-year extension which will see him remain with Munster until 2019, while Sherry extended his deal until 2018.

A product of the Munster clubs Cronin completed two years of the academy programme before securing a senior contract in 2013 and has made 54 appearances for the province, scoring five tries.

Likewise Sherry is a came up the ranks through the Munster academy and the  27-year-old has made 82 appearances for the province.

In addition to Cronin and Sherry's new contracts, the province have confirmed that Greencore Academy player David Johnston will be promoted to the senior squad for next season.

Johnston has signinged a development contract for season 2016/17 and a full contract for 2017/18.

Head Coach Anthony Foley welcome the news and told munsterrugby.ie: "We are delighted with the latest news, and as a group are hugely lifted with three of our home-grown players committing their futures to the province. 

"James and Mike have shown what they are capable of time and time again and they both have a massive part to play in this squad's progression. 

"Both are products of our under-age set up at club and school level respectively and they represent the hard work that is being done at grassroots and academy level each week."