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McFarland's joy as Moore and Rea sign new deals at Ulster



Matty Rea

Matty Rea

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Matty Rea

Ulster duo Matty Rea and Stewart Moore both inked fresh terms at Kingspan Stadium yesterday.

Back-rower Rea, a one-time Schools' Cup winner with Ballymena Academy, has come through the under-age system and gone on to become an important figure in coach Dan McFarland's plans this season.

After a campaign disrupted by injury last time around, he has made 14 appearances so far this term, regularly impressing in the competitive loose-forward unit that also includes Marcell Coetzee, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy and Nick Timoney.

Having signed his first pro deal in 2017, his latest contract keeps him at Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2022.

"I am delighted to have the next two years secured with Ulster," said the 26-year-old. "This season has been great in terms of opportunities to extend my skills and gain vital experience with the professional team - and I would like to thank all of the coaching staff, players and wider team for supporting me on this journey."

Moore, who grabbed attention with a sensational try for the Ireland Under-20s against Australia last summer, made his senior bow against Leinster in the PRO14 in December, again catching the eye with some well-executed offloads.

Once his second season in the Ulster Academy is complete, he will move onto a one-year development pact preceding a two-year contract until summer 2023.

McFarland said: "Matty and Stewart have both done well developing as players through the Ulster Academy and sub-Academy to the professional team, and it's fantastic to see more players from our pathway starting to come through to the senior ranks.

"Matty has been a dynamic carrier for us this year, pushing all aspects of his game forward, and deservedly earning more game time. Stewart is at the start of his career and will no doubt benefit as he learns from the talented backs.

"Both are set to make a real impact in the months and years ahead, and I'm delighted that they have chosen to remain with us."

Belfast Telegraph