Connacht have announced that back-row trio Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu and Eoghan Masterson have become the latest players to sign new deals.
McKeon and Masterson have put pen to paper on two-year contracts that will see them play at the Sportsground until at least the end of 2016/17 while Connacht and Naoupu have both opted to activate the third year on his current contract that will tie him in until the conclusion of 2015/16.
Galway-born McKeon, 23, is a graduate of the Connacht Academy and has represented his country at U18, U19, U20 and Emerging Ireland level.
Sportsground favourite Naoupu’s contract extension is another huge boost. He arrived at the start of the 2009/10 season, having come from the Highlanders. With 87 Connacht caps overall, the 31-year-old has played in an impressive eighteen games this term.
“We’re delighted to have secured these three back rowers for the future,” head coach Pat Lam told the Connacht website. “All three are quality number eights but have the versatility to play right across the back row while George can also move up into the second row. Both George and Eoin are key, senior members of our squad and their involvement and contribution this season has highlighted that.
“I am very pleased to welcome young Eoghan Masterson into the full squad from our Academy for next season. We have someone who is hard working, coachable and determined to succeed. I am very confident his growth under Nigel and Jimmy will continue as he aims to learn from both George and Eoin and ultimately push and challenge them going forward.
“When he had to step up for us last year, he showed that he was well capable of a challenge and the entire squad and management were impressed with his maturity and ambition. He is a very exciting prospect and along with Eoin have the potential for higher honours.”