John Cooney extends stay at Ulster

John Cooney has been with Ulster since 2017
John Cooney has been with Ulster since 2017

Ulster have confirmed that Ireland international John Cooney has penned a new deal that will keep him the Pro14 club until 2022.

The 28-year-old made his debut for Ulster in 2017 and on his debut season he was named in the dream team of Pro14.

His professional rugby career started with Leinster in 2011 and shifted to Connacht in 2015 before joining the Kingspan Stadium outfit in 2017.

“I’ve had an unbelievable time since I moved up here and I’m delighted to commit my long-term future to the club. The players, staff and supporters have all welcomed me with open arms and shown me incredible support," he told Ulster's official website.

“The character that everyone within the organisation displayed last year, in challenging circumstances, was really impressive and I’m immensely proud to represent Ulster Rugby.

“Bryn and Dan are creating a very ambitious young squad and I’m excited about what we can achieve as a group over the next few years, through a combination of hard work and talent.”

Cooney also played for Ireland in two Tests and was part of the Melbourne encounter against Australia during the June internationals this year.

Ulster are currently positioned third in the Conference B of Pro14 and will host Edinburgh in the next round of the competition at Kingspan Stadium on 8th September.