New Zealand international Ethan de Groot signs contract extension with Highlanders

Ethan de Groot joined Highlanders in 2020
Ethan de Groot joined Highlanders in 2020

Highlanders have announced that New Zealand international Ethan de Groot has signed a new deal with the Super Rugby club.

De Groot made his professional rugby career with National Provincial Championship side Southland in 2018 with his Super Rugby debut for Highlanders coming in 2020 during which he made his debut against Chiefs in July.

The 23-year-old went on to make his international debut during the series against Fiji earlier in the year and featured in two Tests.

The club has confirmed that de Groot has committed to the club until 2024.

“I hope my selection to the All Blacks can inspire young players that miss out on NZ Schools or NZ U20s to understand that there is a pathway through small unions and club footy, if you work hard and take your opportunities," he told the club's official website.

Highlanders forward coach Clarke Dermody is pleased to see the progress made by de Groot.

“Ethan has made great progress over the last 18 months and has developed a professional attitude on and off the field. It has certainly taken his training and playing to a new level, he has an exciting career ahead of him as he continues to grow his game”.