Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Paul Marshall delighted at new Ulster deal

Staying put: Paul Marshall has agreed to a new contract

Paul Marshall, Ulster's livewire scrum-half, has signed a new contract.

His three-year extension means the former Methodist College student – now 28 – will be on Ulster's books until at least the summer of 2017.

In January 2012, he and Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar simultaneously signed two-year contract extensions. Now, with Pienaar committing himself to a further three-year deal last week, the pair are in synchronicity once more.

At the start of this season, Marshall – capped by Ireland at under 21, 'A' and full international levels – held the fort while Pienaar was on Four Nations Championship duty with South Africa.

Home-grown Marshall, who has represented the province on 108 occasions, expressed his delight, saying: "When I was growing up, all I wanted to do was to play rugby for Ulster.

"I have been fortunate over the past seven years to do just that and I am extremely pleased to know that I will be representing my province for at least another three years.

"To be able to play in front of friends and family is very special. I am passionate about playing for Ulster and I love what it represents. With the squad that we have at the present time and the redevelopment that is going on at the ground, Ravenhill is an exciting place to be."

David Humphreys, Ulster's Director of Rugby, underlined Marshall's value to the set-up at Ravenhill

"Paul is an extremely important member of our squad and I am delighted that he has opted to stay with Ulster for three more years."

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