Carty extends Connacht playing career with new three year contract

Former Buccaneer and Athlone native, Jack Carty, has signed a three year contract extension with Connacht rugby.  Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Former Buccaneer and Athlone native, Jack Carty, has signed a three year contract extension with Connacht rugby. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Athlone native and former Buccaneers rugby player, Jack Carty, has committed his long-term future to Connacht, signing a new three-year deal until 2025.

The Athlone native has made 164 appearances for his home province since his debut over nine years ago. He was part of the squad that won the 2015-16 Guinness PRO12, and further impressive performances resulted in an Ireland debut away to Italy in the 2019 Six Nations.

In total, he has made 10 caps for his country and was a member of the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad. Carty is a product of the Connacht pathway, playing club and school rugby with Buccaneers RFC and Marist College before graduating from the Connacht Academy.

“I’m so thankful and grateful to be able to represent my home province for another three years. The last six months have easily been the most enjoyable part of my career, and in that time I feel I’ve matured as a player, leader and person. The staff and my teammates have been incredible and create an environment where you can feel yourself growing daily. It’s easy to stay motivated because of them, even on a wet and windy day training in Galway!

“The club is represented by people from every pocket of Connacht, Ireland and beyond, but everyone is incredibly proud in representing Connacht and the West.From speaking to Willie about the plans for the future, along with seeing first-hand the work of Friendy and the coaches, I’m excited about what lies ahead. A special thanks to Friendy who goes above and beyond for his players.

There is no doubt that this club and squad are in a position to challenge for silverware. I can’t wait to see where the journey takes us over the coming years and I’d like to thank Keith Matthews for his help and guidance. Along with that, I hope to add to my international caps.

Most importantly, I want to thank my family, friends and loved ones especially Mum, Dad, my sisters Aoife and Deirdre, my brothers Ben and Luke, my brother-in-law Donie and my niece and nephew Juliette and Ted for all the support and love,” Carty enthused.

Connacht head coach, Andy Friend, acknowledged that Carty’s decision to extend his time with the province was a boost for management and the extended playing squad.

“This is brilliant news for everyone associated with Connacht. Jack is a top-class international out-half and a crucial player for our squad.He has an incredible skillset and excellent game management. He is therefore an extremely important person for us in how we want to play the game.

“Jack has also grown as a leader within our group. He has recently earned the right to be our matchday captain which is testament to his leadership qualities.Jack is a very proud Connacht man and loves representing his club, school, province and country. I’m really excited to see him going from strength to strength and committing to us for another next three years,” Friend stated.

 

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