Ulster centre Paddy Wallace has signed a new one-year deal that will see him remain at Ravenhill until the summer of 2014.

Wallace, 33, is the longest serving member of the Ulster squad. He made his senior debut in 2001 and has gone on to play 188 times for Ulster, scoring 439 points.

He said: ‘I am delighted to have agreed a new deal and I look forward to recovering from injury and playing next season.

‘This Ulster squad is the strongest that I have been involved in and I have no doubt that we will be competing for silverware next year. I want to be a part of that and to hopefully to become the first player to make 200 appearances for the Province.’

Meanwhile, back-row forward Mike McComish has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain at the club until 2015.

McComish rejoined Ulster from Connacht at the start of the 2011/12 campaign and has been an important member of Mark Anscombe’s squad throughout this season.

In a further boost, former Ulster players James McKinney and David McIlwaine have agreed contracts to return.

Former Ireland Under-20 fly-half, James McKinney, has spent this season playing for Rotherham Titans in the English Championship. He has signed a one-year deal.

David McIlwaine, who is 23, has also signed a one-year contract with the club. He spent this season at Bristol having played at Doncaster Knights the year before.