Big Boost

Relief for Munster fans as Cronin and Sherry sign new contracts

Meanwhile, BJ Botha has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

MUNSTER HAVE ANNOUNCED that loosehead prop James Cronin and hooker Mike Sherry have signed new deals with the province.

James Cronin on the attack Cronin has agreed to a three-year deal. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

The news comes as a major boost for Munster fans, particularly after Cronin was linked with a move to the Aviva Premiership.

The prop, who has been capped twice by Ireland, has penned a three-year deal to stay with Munster until at least June 2019.

Once-capped Sherry, meanwhile, has signed on for two more years, keeping him in the province until June 2018.

Munster have also confirmed that versatile academy back David Johnston will move into the senior squad full-time from next season. The Clonmel man has agreed to a development contract for 2016/17, before advancing onto a senior deal in 2017/18.

“We are delighted with the latest news, and as a group are hugely lifted with three of our home-grown players committing their futures to the province,” said Munster head coach Anthony Foley.

“James and Mike have shown what they are capable of time and time again and they both have a massive part to play in this squad’s progression.

Mike Sherry Sherry has signed on for two more years. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

“Both are products of our under-age set up at club and school level respectively and they represent the hard work that is being done at grassroots and academy level each week.

“Similarly, David, who is now breaking through has followed the same pathway and we look forward to seeing his growth over the coming years.”

There was some bad news for Munster today, however, as they confirmed that BJ Botha ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in last weekend’s defeat to Stade Français.

The tighthead prop will undergo surgery in the coming weeks and is now likely to be sidelined for a lengthy period. Munster have not put a date on any possible return for Botha, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

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