Willie Faloon signs on for another two years

Armagh born flanker pens a new deal that will keep him at Connacht until the summer of 2016

Connacht physio Gavin Malouf attends to Willie Faloon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht physio Gavin Malouf attends to Willie Faloon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tue, Nov 5, 2013, 13:56

Connacht have secured the services of openside flanker Willie Faloon for another two years that will bring the 27 year old’s contract up to the summer of 2016.

Faloon joined Connacht from his native province Ulster at the start of the 2012/13 season. The flanker has racked up 20 caps despite lengthy spells on the sidelines in the last two seasons.

In September of this year, he was dealt a major blow when he was forced to leave the pitch with a broken foot sustained in round 3 of the PRO12 against his former Irish club. The Armagh man was ruled out for up to six months.

He earned his first Ireland Wolfhound cap and scored a try against Scotland ‘A’ in 2011 and played against the England Saxons the same year.

Faloon admitted: “I’m delighted to be playing in Connacht for another two years. Since I arrived here, I’ve been made feel so welcome by the lads and supporters alike.

“Getting regular game time has been fantastic for me. I love working with Pat (Lam) and Dan (McFarland) and the other coaches and I’m constantly challenged in new ways which is helping my game.

“Obviously it’s extremely disappointing to be injured, but I still feel very much a part of the team and am actively involved in analysis and team meetings. Right now, I am working hard with the physio Gavin (Malouf) and the conditioning staff to come back improved as soon as possible.”

Connacht coach Pat Lam added: “This is another fantastic boost for the club. Willie is an exceptional player for Connacht and a great person off the field too.

“He is an important member of our squad and part of a very strong pack here. We’ve seen what he can do and his experience and work-rate adds an exciting dimension to our gameplay.

“ know Willie has been frustrated with his injury early this season but he is continuing to work hard on the development of his game and we look forward to having him back stronger in the coming months and for the seasons ahead.”