Ulster centre Luke Marshall signs new three-year contract

Luke Marshall

Ulster centre Luke Marshall has signed a new three-year deal which will keep him at Ravenhill until at least 2016.

The 22-year-old made his full Ireland debut against Scotland in February and won the Pro12 Young Player of the Season award earlier this month.

"I am delighted to be staying with Ulster - I have really enjoyed my rugby this season," said Marshall.

"We have a fantastic squad here at the club and I am pleased that I will be part of it for the next three years."

Having only started five league games before this campaign, Marshall has played 16 times for Ulster in all competitions this season.

His excellent form for Ulster saw him break into the Ireland side and he scored a try against Fiji in the Autumn international at Thomond Park

Marshall won three caps in the Six Nations, making his full debut against the Scots at Murrayfield.

His season was cut short after he suffered three concussions in three games and he will miss Ireland's tour of North America in the summer.

"Luke is an excellent young player and he has been superb for us this season," said David Humphreys, Ulster's Director of Rugby.

"He is a prime example of what we are trying to achieve here - he is from Ulster, he has come through our Academy system, he has received excellent coaching and through his dedication and hard work he has gone on to excel at provincial and international level."

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