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Captain fantastic: Duffy pens contract extension with Connacht

Eric Elwood has described the move as a positive step forward for the province.

Duffy has been an integral part of the Connacht side in recent seasons.
Duffy has been an integral part of the Connacht side in recent seasons.

CONNACHT CAPTAIN GAVIN Duffy has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least 2014.

The 30-year-old full back has been in impressive form of late, helping Connacht to achieve some notable results this season.

Speaking following the announcement, Duffy said:

“Staying with Connacht means a huge amount to me, as a team we have become a really tight-knit group this season and that is only going to get better next season as we add even more quality to the side. Staying at the Sportsground, and the security a two-year deal brings, means I can concentrate on my own game, getting the best out of the people around me and driving Connacht forward.

“Staying in Ireland also means that I’m still available for national selection and winning more Irish caps is always a goal of mine.”

Connacht coach Eric Elwood added:

“I’m delighted that Gavin is here to stay. We all know he’s very proud of where he comes from and it was a great honour for him to lead his team this year in our first-ever Heineken Cup. We’ve enjoyed the highs and lows of this season and we’re looking to finish on an up and getting news like this is great for the squad going forward into next year.”

Duffy has made over 100 appearances for Connacht, having rejoined the province in 2006, while also beginning his career there.

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