Connacht have confirmed that skipper Jarrad Butler has penned a new deal that will keep him with the Irish province until the end of the 2021/22 season.
The New Zealand back-row joined Connacht in 2017 after Super Rugby stints with Queensland Reds and Brumbies and was named the club's Player of the year on his debut season before taking over the reins of the side in 2018.
“I am delighted to commit my future to Connacht for a further two seasons. We have some real leaders within our squad, and I was hugely honoured to take over the role of captain last season," said Butler to the official website of the club.
"There is a real sense of ambition within the player group which extends right throughout the staff and supporters of the province. I am really looking forward to the seasons ahead in a Connacht jersey.”
Butler also has represented Australia U20, Australia Schools and Barbarians (against Argentina in 2015) in the past and on his first season as captain he led Connacht to the quarter-final in Pro14 where they were defeated by Ulster.
Connacht head Coach Andy Friend lavished praise on Butler and believes his decision to remain with the club will be beneficial.
“Jarrad has proven himself to be a hugely consistent and versatile player for Connacht," he said.
"That consistency along with his unrelenting work rate are what make him an outstanding leader. He continues to improve and develop all aspects of his game. His contract extension is significant for us as we aim to deliver success to the province”.
Connacht are positioned second in Conference B table with four wins from five games in the ongoing season of Pro14.