Connacht re-sign prop Jamie Hagan

Connacht Rugby have re-signed prop Jamie Hagan with a new deal which will keep him at the Sportsground for another two years.

The 23 year old from Balbriggan joined Connacht in 2009 from the Leinster academy and has appeared in 27 Magners League games and 11 Amlin Challenge Cup games for Connacht since then.

Hagan is capped for Ireland Youths (against Italy) and scored a try against England U18 in 2005 and was part of the Ireland U20 team, coached by Eric Elwood and Dan McFarland, which won the Six Nations grand slam in 2007.

The 6′ 3″ 120kg tight-head prop has been a cornerstone of the Connacht scrum for the past season and a half and his commitment to Connacht for the next 2 years will see him remain at The Sportsground until 2013.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself here at Connacht and I’m really looking forward to playing with the Province for the next 2 seasons” said Hagan, “The set-up is very good here with all the facilities on-site and the coaches are very fair to work with, if you work hard you are rewarded”

Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly said that this sign of commitment from such an integral part of the squad was very encouraging, adding: “Jamie has really fitted into the Connacht setup and to have him commit to the Province for the next 2 seasons sends out a strong message.”

Head Coach Eric Elwood was equally as pleased stating: “We had followed Jamie’s progress as a young player, and obviously with his involvement in the Ireland U20 side Grand Slam winning in 2007 proved his ability so we knew his pedigree.

“He has excelled here at Connacht and we are very pleased that he has shown his commitment by signing a 2 year deal. Jamie is a huge part of our squad and we look forward to working with him over the coming months.

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