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Ireland trio commit futures to Ulster with three-year contract extensions

Ulster Rugby stars Kieran Treadwell, Rob Herring and Luke Marshall have all committed their immediate futures to the province by signing new deals.

The Irish internationals have all put pen to paper on contracts lasting up until 2021. Lock Treadwell had been expected to sign another deal, including a pay bump, after the 22-year-old established himself as a real prospect since his arrival in 2016.

Marshall, meanwhile, has scored 21 tries in 111 Ulster appearances and South African born hooker Herring has played 129 games for the province.

Ulster still have several players whose current contracts expire next summer, including Rory Best, Jared Payne, Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave and Iain Henderson.

These three new deals aren't the first movements in regards to the future though as they are announced fresh off the back of Ulster confirming they have secured the services of former Leinster prop Marty Moore:

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss said: "Luke has been one of our most consistent players in recent years; he's a robust presence in our midfield and is a brilliant link man in both attack and defence.

"He is a passionate about rugby in Ulster and I think that is evident not only in his performances on the pitch, but also in the way he contributes so positively to the local rugby community.

"Rob and Kieran have also been in excellent form this season and I was delighted to see them earn recalls into the national squad for this month's fixtures.

"Rob has really grown as a player since his arrival at Ulster five years ago and he is widely regarded as a highly skilled hooker who leads from the front.

"Kieran has made a big impression over the past 18 months and it's evident that he possesses all the attributes required to become a top class second row; he's a big, mobile unit and is a good student of the game.

"All three players are determined to continue to work hard to improve and that is exactly the type of culture that we're trying to build here.

"With increasing player movement, it's vital that we continue to retain our best talent, and to have Luke, Rob and Kieran commit to long-term deals is a huge boost for us. They will play central roles in our programme over the next few years."

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