Kelleher enjoying life at Connacht

Date published: August 5 2016

New Connacht signing Cian Kelleher is thriving in his new surroundings after joining the side from Leinster.

The young utility-back says he is loving being at the West Irish club but says it has been a challenge. 

"I’m really enjoying it", enthused Kelleher. "It’s a change for me – not only moving from an Academy to a full contract but also to a different set up. But it’s been great and I’ve loved getting to know all the lads. There is a lot to learn and I’m trying to catch up from last season but the coaches and other players have been brilliant," Kelleher told the official Connacht website. 

"There are great relationships here; I’ve moved in with Eoin McKeon and John Cooney out in Knocknacarra. It’s a fun house with lads always calling over."

Kelleher, whose preferred position is full-back but who can also play on the wing and outside centre, said he is relishing the pre-season training and the demands that come with it.

"I was watching a lot of the Connacht games in detail towards the end of last season and really trying to understand the back three role. The last few weeks have been about perfecting my knowledge around the calls," he explained.

"One thing I noticed straight away when I came in was the emphasis on skills. We do a lot of work with Dave Ellis, the skills coach but there’s a huge importance put on skills from all the coaches whether it’s Pat, Conor McPhillips or Jimmy Duffy. It’s a huge part of our game here and I’m really enjoying that.