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Marty Moore becomes third player to tie down future with Ulster after signing two-year deal

Ulster tighthead prop Marty Moore
Ulster tighthead prop Marty Moore
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ulster's impressive recruitment drive has continued as they have tied down another key member of their squad for another two years.

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Tighthead prop Marty Moore has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until June 2022, joining Rob Lyttle and Billy Burns in putting pen to paper.

The former Leinster and Wasps stand-out has been one of Ulster's most important players since making the switch to Belfast in the summer of 2018, making 22 appearances.

This season has seen him hindered by injury, but he returned against Munster a couple of weeks ago and excelled in the scrum against both their interprovincial rivals and against Bath last weekend.

Moore has also stepped up in the loose, averaging three carries per game for an average of 1.33 metres per carry, while his work-rate on the defensive side of the ball has also been stellar, making 21 of the 25 tackles he's attempted.

With impressive young Tom O'Toole offering an excellent option as back-up, and locked down for next season too, Ulster have secured their front-line tighthead corps in for the foreseeable future.

"I've settled in really well at Ulster and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, so I’m delighted to be able to get a deal sorted for another two years," commented Moore.

"Working with the coaches and wider support staff, I feel like I still have a lot of potential to improve, and I’m enjoying that process. We’re a club with big ambitions and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping to achieve those."

In getting these deals done, Ulster are avoiding any drama further down the line, while getting them tied down early in the season suggests the players themselves are keen to stay rather than test the market.

Head coach Dan McFarland added: "Marty has been a great addition to the squad. His ability and experience at set piece time has been demonstrated time and again, and has helped all our props make significant progress.

"His performances over the last two games have been excellent and he is keen to keep developing as part of our squad going forward."

Outstanding contracts Ulster need to sort out still include Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Sean Reidy and Will Addison, however there is optimism all four will sign on for further spells.

Ireland international Jacob Stockdale is also out of contract at the end of the season, however he will likely be brought onto a national contract, which will be negotiated by the IRFU.

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