Ulster head coach Dan McFarland signs contract extension with province

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has signed a contract extension with the province.

McFarland signed the extension of the agreement with the province to keep him with the province until 2025.

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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland during Ulster team training at the Kingspan Staduim
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has signed a new contract with the province

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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has signed a new contract with the province

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The 50-year-old boss had just one year left on his current deal but will now have at least three years at Kingspan Stadium.

The popular coach says he is delighted to extend his stay as Province were only second in qualifying for the URC final last weekend but conceded a late try in the added time to lose to the Stormers.

The Englishman said: “I am delighted to have extended my contract with Ulster Rugby, and I would like to thank Jonny Petrie [CEO] for all their support over the past four years.”

“I love my job here, which is only possible because of the good people I work with. It is thanks to the growth, competitiveness and teamwork of the support team and the players that we continue to compete for championships.

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“However, the fact remains that our ultimate goal is to win championships. I look forward to leading the process of finding, guiding and supporting people who can do that for this province and its passionate supporters, who truly share our joy and pain.

“The challenge ahead of us is huge, but that’s why it’s so exciting. To me, it feels like unfinished business.”

Ulster Rugby chief Jonny Petrie added in the press release: “I couldn’t be happier that Dan has chosen to extend his stay with us – I think it’s really clear the impact that he’s had at the club since arriving, both on and off the pitch.

“We have made impressive progress as a team over the past two years, with rugby play-offs against the best teams in Europe and beyond now commonplace.

“Dan and I both see the clear potential here over the next few years and I look forward to continuing to build on those ambitions for Ulster together.”

Joan J. Holland