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Jackson thrilled to sign a new deal at Ulster

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster's drive to make this season’s PRO12 play-offs has received a timely boost with Paddy Jackson opting to continue his career at the province for another two years.

The 25-year-old out-half’s future had been in some doubt, with the rumour mill linking him to several big-spending clubs across the water, but Les Kiss’ hand has now been strengthened with Jackson’s new deal which will see the player remain at the Kingspan Stadium until at least summer 2019.

“I’m delighted to be staying on at Ulster Rugby for at least another two years,” Jackson, who has played 118 times and scored 831 points for his province since making his debut in 2011, commented.

His excellent form this season has already seen the talented No.10 score two tries and kick 111 points in 13 appearances.

“I believe that the pillars for success are in place here at Ulster and I am hugely excited by the challenges that lie ahead.”

Jackson is one of Ulster's key operators, whose consistency is vital to the squad's progress, and his decision to stay sends out the right message for the future as the province continue their chase for elusive silverware. Jackson is one of Ulster's key operators, whose consistency is vital to the squad's progress, and his decision to stay sends out the right message for the future as the province continue their chase for elusive silverware.

Though not centrally contracted, Jackson is in a good place to be Ireland's next front line out-half.

And on the Ulster front, having someone of Jackson's unquestionable quality for what will be a tricky transition to being without Ruan Pienaar next season, along with the new coaching structure of Jono Gibbes and Dwayne Peel coming in, is an endorsement of Kiss' vision and ambition.

Director of Rugby Kiss said: "To have Paddy commit for a further two seasons is a huge boost. He has grown into a fantastic player and leader, who commands the respect of the entire squad.

"He is the type of player we can build the team around and it's important that we have home-grown talent at the forefront of what we're trying to achieve."

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