Kieran Marmion has signed a new deal with Connacht Rugby despite rumours that he was moving to another club.
Marmion wasn’t picked for the World Cup squad and it was suggested that he could make the move to Saracens or Toulouse with late murmurs of going to Ulster.
The 27-years-old scrum-half has agreed to three-year extension to stay at the Sportsground and will compete with Caolin Blade for the nine jersey. Blade has been in great form and no doubt they will push each other to get into the Ireland team under Andy Farrell.
The news of Kieran Marmion signing could also help the chances of Bundeee Aki staying with Connacht, Aki would be a massive loss to the province and if Marmion had left it might have added to Aki’s doubts about the ambition of the team.
There is a massive injury crisis at Connacht so this might not be the only transfer news this week as Andy Friend has said he is in talks IRFU about some short term signings.
Commenting on the signing, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Kieran has been an outstanding player for Connacht and for Ireland. He is a diligent professional and through his hard work he has progressed through the Connacht Academy and on to play for Ireland.
“His progress demonstrates the support that is available to players through our academy pathway. Kieran’s commitment to Connacht for a further three seasons demonstrates his ambition to contribute at provincial and international level in the coming years. His signing also ensures that we continue to retain a squad equipped to compete at the highest level of European club rugby”.
Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, Gavin Thornbury, Paddy McAllister, Sean O’Brien, Kieran Marmion, Tom Farrell, Finlay Bealham, Matt Healy,Niy Adeolokun and Stephen Fitzgerald and Tiernan O’Halloran