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Exciting wing Adeolokun signs long-term contract with Connacht

The 25-year-old wing will be in Galway until 2019 at least.

NIYI ADEOLOKUN HAS signed a new contract with Connacht to keep him at the province until the summer of 2019 at least.

Niyi Adeolokun Adeolokun has been a huge hit at the Sportsground. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The 25-year-old wing was a key part of Connacht’s Pro12 success last season and has started the new campaign in good form, scoring a try against Glasgow Warriors two weekends ago.

A native of Ibadan in Nigeria, Adeolokun first joined Connacht ahead of the 2014/15 season, having impressed for Trinity in the Ulster Bank League.

He scored six tries in the Pro12 last season, as well as notching three in five Challenge Cup fixtures.

I’m very pleased for both Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Niyi will be playing with us for the next three seasons,” said Connacht head coach Pat Lam of the new deal.

“As the fastest member of our squad, he is a very exciting rugby player with a huge amount of talent. But what impresses us the most with Niyi is his willingness to put in the hard work and consistently look for areas he can improve.

“I have no doubt that he will be a vital contributor again this season as we look to compete in both the Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup.”

Niyi Adeolokun scores a try Adeolokun scored against Glasgow in round one of the Pro12. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Connacht CEO Willie Ruane also welcomed confirmation of Adeolokun’s contract extension:

We are delighted to announce that Niyi will continue to play his rugby with Connacht Rugby,” said Ruane.

“I know he is a very popular player among the squad and our supporters and his story is a tremendous example of the success that hard work and determination can bring about.”

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