Gilsenan extends Exiles stay

Date published: February 23 2015

London Irish have announced that back-row forward Conor Gilsenan has signed a two-year contract extension.

Gilsenan, 22, joined the club at the start of this season from Leinster and has become a valuable member of the squad.

He has represented and captained Ireland at U18, 19 and 20 level and has played a key part in London Irish’s European Challenge Cup and Premiership campaigns this season.

London Irish interim head coach Glenn Delaney said he was happy that Gilsenan is extending his stay at the club.

“We are delighted that Conor has extended his contract with us," he told London Irish's official website.

"He joined in the summer and has adapted to life in the Premiership very quickly. He is constantly improving and showing a high level of work rate and ability.”

London Irish operations director Bob Casey echoed Delaney's sentiments.

“Conor is a top quality young Irish player and very ambitious," he commented.

"He has been a great addition to the squad with his work ethic and leadership qualities.

Gilsenan is keen to build on his impressive start to his career in the Premiership.

“I am delighted to have signed a contract extension," he said.

"I have really enjoyed my time at London Irish and the club is clearly heading in the right direction.

"The club welcomed me in and have been my family away from home for the last year. This is the sort of environment every player wants to be in and I am really looking forward to the next couple of years.”