Sean Reidy signs new contract extension
Ulster have secured the services of one of their star performers for another three years after flanker Sean Reidy signed a new contract extension until 2020.
The New Zealand-born back rower has kicked on from his first cap with Ireland over the summer and has started the season strongly, capped with an excellent performance against Munster last weekend where he made 25 tackles, the most by an individual in one game this season.
Reidy, who is Irish qualified through his grandmother, made his international debut for Ireland in their tour of South Africa in June, coming on as a sub in the second Test.
He has since started eight out of Ulster's nine games this campaign, normally at openside but occasionally at number eight, highlighting his importance to Les Kiss' side.
Reidy, 27, joined Ulster from provincial side Counties Manukau in 2014 and then made his debut that November against the Newport-Gwent Dragons.
He had only agreed a new contract extension back in February but, such has been his form, it has led to a further deal being offered and accepted.
"I'm really happy to be sticking around," Reidy said on his deal. "I've enjoyed the past two and a half years a lot and my partner and I really love the place.
"I've been pleased with the amount of minutes I've got under my belt so far this season but I'm going to keep my head down and try to keep developing my game under Les and the rest of the coaches.
"The setup here is really good and I'm looking forward to being part of an exciting journey over the next few years.”
Kiss welcomed the news that Reidy was extending his stay in Belfast:
"It's brilliant that Sean has committed to us until 2020; it's another good bit of business by our Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham.
"Sean has worked hard since his arrival at Ulster and his game has developed very well as a result of that. During the summer, I was delighted that his hard work was rewarded with a first international cap.
"His defence and breakdown work has been very impressive in the early stages of the season and that has had a big impact for us. I am really enthusiastic about what Sean can deliver for us over the next few years.”