Connacht Captain Jarrad Butler has become the latest player to sign a contract extension with the province, committing to the end of the 2022 season.
Jarrad Butler first joined Connacht from the Brumbies ahead of the 2017/18 season and was voted the Connacht Rugby Players’ Player of the year in his first season at the Sportsground.
Just a year into his time here in the west of Ireland Butler was appointed captain of the team, and is now into his second year in that position.
Speaking after the contract signing, Butler said that he is delighted to be staying at the Sportsground for another two seasons.
“We have some real leaders within our squad, and I was hugely honoured to take over the role of captain last season.”
“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.”
Prior to his arrival at Connacht, Butler made 70 Super Rugby appearances during his time with the Brumbies and the Queensland Reds.
At international level he has played for Australia at Schoolboy, Under 19 and Under 20 level.
Head Coach Andy Friend added that Jarrad Butler has been a “consistent and versatile” player during his time with Connacht.
“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.”
Getting Butler to commit to is a highly significant win for the province, Friend added, as Connacht aims to deliver greater successes.