Connacht head coach Andy Friend believes the new contract signed by Jack Carty is a great sign for their future.

The academy graduate has been in exceptional form this season, scoring 109 points in the Pro 14.

He is now tied to the Galway-based side until 2021.

Friend said: "I think he has been brilliant this year. His confidence is right up there and he has shown he has an immense skillset. His percentage goal kicking is one of the highest in the league.

"He has a deft pass. If you give him a hole, he'll take that. I actually thought on the weekend that his tackle entry work was probably the best I've seen.

"He is playing good rugby in attack and defence so for Connacht and our future it's a brilliant signing for us."

Carty has watched the province develop from a youth player, growing into a much bigger club over the last seven years. 

He described his decision to extend the stay as an easy one.

The Roscommon man said: "It was a no-brainer really. I have been here for a long, long time through the academy. I've been fortunate to play over 110 times. I have really good friends in the team and Galway has become my second home. It's a no-brainer with where we are looking to go and how the ambitious the club is.

"When you are a young player coming through, and you see the changes there has been here, and where the club wants to go, it really gives you excitement and a real want to play for Connacht. It bodes well for the game, to see where the place is going, as well.

"The support the last two or three weeks has been fantastic. To see people queuing before the match last week was really special."