Mack Hansen commits to longer run with Connacht

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Galway Daily sport Mack Hansen commits to long run with Connacht Rugby
Mack Hansen. Photo: INPHO

Connacht newcomer Mack Hansen has committed to the long run with the club, extending his contract to 2025.

The back has had an impressive debut with Connacht Rugby in his first season, scoring six tries across 14 matches.

His performances earned him a first call-up to the Ireland squad for the November internationals, and he then became a mainstay in matchday 23 for the Guinness Six Nations, starting in four of Ireland’s five games and scoring a famous try against France in Paris.

Hansen still has 12 months left on his contract, and was one of the squad of 44 announced for the coming season by the club already this week, along with those departing.

However, he has now agreed to extend his time with Connacht Rugby by a further two years beyond that.

Speaking about his decision to commit to years more with Connacht, Hansen said that it was a no-brainer.

“Ever since I arrived in Ireland I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and my teammates who have made me feel right at home.”

“Personally I’m pleased with how my first season has gone and now I want to do everything I can to help the club achieve success for the next three seasons.”

He added that the possibility of getting to play in the new stadium and performance centre was a “major attraction” for him.

Head Coach Andy Friend also welcomed the news, saying that Mack has made an “immeasurable impact” since arriving.

“He’s a popular character with the players, staff and supporters and it’s been really pleasing to see him take to rugby in Ireland like a duck to water.”

“For him to commit the next three years of his career to Connacht when he’ll only get better is a really strong show of faith in where we’re going as a club on and off the field.”

At this week’s Connacht Rugby Awards, Hansen has been nominated for both the Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Year Awards.