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Matt Healy signs contract extension with Connacht

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 13:33 | Comments

Matt Healy sidesteps against Ulster
Matt Healy sidesteps against Ulster

Matt Healy has signed a two-year contract extension with Connacht, keeping him at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2016.

Currently in his second season with the province, the 23-year-old winger made his debut against Leinster in last season's Christmas interprovincial clash at the RDS.

Having joined from Lansdowne RFC, the former Gonzaga College school boy played a huge role with the Connacht Eagles in his first year at the Sportsground and was named A Player of the Year last season.

Healy has played in all but two games for Connacht this season, the most recent of which was the 33-6 Heineken Cup victory over Zebre in Parma on Saturday afternoon.

He also sits top of the try-scoring leader board with tries against Zebre and Cardiff Blues in the opening two rounds of the RaboDirect PRO12.

Healy was capped nine times for the Ireland Under-20s playing in the 2009 U20 Six Nations and U20 World Championship.

"He has shown in his performances to date what he can do with his skill set and he has some special talents" - Pat Lam

Commenting on his new contract, Healy said: "I'm delighted to have signed with Connacht for another two years. 

"Obviously I got the chance to come down here the summer before last and that was huge for me. So for Connacht to extend the opportunity really fills me with confidence.

"I'm enjoying my rugby and really enjoying working with Pat (Lam) and the coaching staff here.

"With the squad that we have now and all the good work being done behind the scenes, Connacht is an exciting place to be. I'm certainly very happy to be a part of it."

Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam added: "When I first worked with Matt in pre-season, I was impressed by what he could do. 

"His attitude and willingness to learn and be better is exactly what we look for in a Connacht player.

“He has shown in his performances to date what he can do with his skill set and he has some special talents. 

"He has so much potential and I believe that with his attitude, he can reach his goals if he continues to put the work in.

"I'm delighted that he wants to be part of the growth and vision of Connacht Rugby."

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