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Connacht veteran Michael Swift to remain with the province after signing one-year contract extension

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 17:13 | Comments

Swift feels he has more to contribute at The Sportsground
Swift feels he has more to contribute at The Sportsground

Michael Swift has signed a one-year contract extension with Connacht.

The lock, who joined the province in 2000, has chalked up a record 157 league appearances and has also played 70 games in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge during his 14 seasons.

He became the first player in Connacht's history to reach the 200th cap milestone when he lined out against Edinburgh in September 2011.

Swift is looking forward to another season with the province and said: "I'm delighted to have signed for another year with Connacht. It's an exciting time to be involved with the province and in a squad that is shaping up nicely for next season.

"I've been here a long time now but every season, every game, it's still so exciting to me and I feel I have a lot more to give." 

Connacht coach Eric Elwood spoke about the loyalty and commitment shown by the player over the years:

"I've been here a long time now but every season, every game, it's still so exciting to me and I feel I have a lot more to give." - Swift

"Swifty is a fantastic ambassador for the club. He plays 100% on and off the field. He acts as a great support to the management, the players and the sponsors.

"And he is an incredible role model for the younger players coming up through the ranks. There is a lot of respect there for Swifty, both within the club and from the supporters and wider community." 

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