Connacht and the IRFU have announced that centre Dave McSharry has signed a new deal that will tie him to the Sportsground in until at least the end of 2016/17.
The centre joined in 2011 and since then he has proven himself an exceptional ball carrier and a key component in the team’s defensive line. The Dubliner has played in 14 games so far this season, bringing his total Connacht tally to 58 appearances.
“Again this season, Dave has proven himself to be one of our most exciting and consistent young talents,” CEO Willie Ruane told Connacht.
“We have every confidence that he can continue to perform at the highest level and be part of a thriving Connacht side that has great ambition.
“On the back of other young players Darragh (Leader), Denis (Buckley), Niyi (Adeolokun) Quinn (Roux), and Ultan (Dillane) already committing this season with new contracts, we are delighted with the way the squad is taking shape. Although there is a lot to be done this year, we believe next season will be another exciting one for everyone involved with Connacht Rugby and we fully expect to keep improving on and off the field.”
Head Coach Pat Lam added: “We’re very pleased that Dave will continue to play his rugby with Connacht. He is an integral member of our team and someone we have a lot of confidence in. The fact that Robbie (Henshaw) is likely to be away with Ireland leading up to a World Cup year and with the recent injury to Bundee (Aki), it just highlights the importance of having quality experienced players across the squad.
“Our young backline is often talked about and the fact that Dave, at just 24 years old, is seen as one of the more senior backs, speaks volumes of not only his talent but also the potential there to develop his game even further and go on to achieve great things both personally and with Connacht.”