Ulster duo extend stay
Talented Ulster duo Ian Humphreys and Ryan Caldwell have signed new contracts at the club.
By James Mason
Last Updated: 28/01/10 10:41am
Ulster have completed the signings of Ian Humphreys and Ryan Caldwell, with the talented duo signing three and two-year contracts respectively.
Fly-half Humphreys, who re-joined the Ravenhill club in 2008 from Leicester Tigers, is delighted at extending his stay.
He said: "Growing up, Ulster was always the place I wanted to play rugby.
"To know that I will be here, in my home province, for another few years is brilliant, especially as the team are developing in such a positive way.
"I believe we have a bright future ahead of us."
Caldwell, who is a product of the Ulster academy, made his senior debut in a Heineken Cup match in 2005.
The 25-year-old lock was a key participant for the Ireland U21s, playing in two Junior World Championships in Scotland and Argentina.
Caldwell has impressed the national team selectors with some good club performances and has since gained two caps in the senior Ireland squad.
Ulster head coach Brian McLaughin has expressed his delight at signing the two players.
He said: "The management team are delighted to have secured these two Ulster born players to the squad, for the foreseeable future. Both players are greatly talented individuals, who are highly regarded members of the squad.
"Our aim for Ulster has always been to create a competitive team focused on a core of Ulster men."