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Comeback trail boost as Connacht scrum-half Cooney extends contract

A Heineken Cup-winner with Leinster, Cooney went west on a loan deal last season.

CONNACHT SCRUM-HALF John Cooney has signed a contract extension to keep him in the west for another season.

John Cooney and head coach Pat Lam Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The 25-year-old left Leinster for the Sportsground on a loan basis in the 2014/15 season before agreeing permanent terms for this campaign. However, the lively half-back has been limited to 19 games after shoulder surgery in November.

“Although it’s been a frustrating few months with my injury, I’m really happy to have my future secured with Connacht for next season,” Cooney said in a statement today.

I was really enjoying my rugby at the start of the season and I’m looking forward to pushing on now following my rehab. I am determined to push for a place in the team for what will be some really tough games and an exciting finish to the season.”

Connacht head coach Pat Lam is expecting Cooney to return to the playing ranks ‘in the coming weeks’ and praised the Heineken Cup medallist’s work ethic as he plans for a season that will hopefully contain plenty of Champions Cup commitments.

“If we are going to be playing Champions Cup rugby next season it is vital we have quality depth and competition in key positions such as scrum-half,” says Lam.

John Cooney offloads Cooney toured with Emerging Ireland last summer. Source: GRU/INPHO

“I’m really pleased that John has committed to not only compete but also continue to grow his game with us at Connacht Rugby.

“John is an extremely hard working individual and we have a lot of belief in his ability so we’re delighted that he has signed on for another season.”

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