Lock Michael Swift signs Connacht contract extension

Last Updated: 23/01/13 6:55pm

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Connacht's veteran lock Michael Swift has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club for at least another season.

The 35-year-old has chalked up a record 157 league appearances and has also played 70 games in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge during his 14 seasons with Connacht.

He became the first player in Connacht's history to reach the 200th cap milestone when he played against Edinburgh in September 2011.

Swift said: "I'm delighted to have signed for another year with Connacht Rugby. It's an exciting time to be involved with the province and in a squad that is shaping up nicely for next season.

"I've been here a long time now but every season, every game, it's still so exciting to me and I feel I have a lot more to give."

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood said: "Swifty is a fantastic ambassador for the club. He plays 100% on and off the field. He acts as a great support to the management, the players and the sponsors.

"And he is an incredible role model for the younger players coming up through the ranks. There is a lot of respect there for Swifty, both within the club and from the supporters and wider community."

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