Swift extends Connacht deal for another year
Rugby:Connacht secondrow Michael Swift has signed a one-year contract extension with the province. Swift is the longest serving player at the Sportsground, having chalked up a record 234 appearances during 14 seasons, including 70 games in the Heineken and Amlin Cups.
Born in London in 1977, Swift played for Richmond as a flanker before spending a season at Leeds Tykes. He joined Connacht in 2000 and earned his first cap for the province against Ulster that year while also playing for Galwegians in the All-Ireland League.
The 6’5" lock remains a regular fixture, having played in 12 of Connacht´s RaboDirect Pro12 games this season as well as four Heineken Cup games.
Swift, 34, 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.”
When Swift was appointed club captain for the current season, Connacht coach Eric Elwood spoke about the loyalty and commitment of his former team-mate.
“Swifty is a fantastic ambassador for the club. He plays 100 per cent 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.”