Guinness PRO12: Andrew Trimble delighted to sign new Ulster deal

Ireland winger extends stay at the Kingspan Stadium until June 2017, but remains out of action until the summer with a toe injury

Andrew Trimble has expressed his delight at signing a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

The new two-year contract will see the Ireland winger remain with Ulster Rugby until at least June 2017.

2015 will be an exciting year at both provincial and national level and I hope to play a role in the coming years in the continuing success of Irish rugby.

Andrew Trimble

The 30-year-old, who has won 57 caps for Ireland, has made 188 appearances and scored 64 tries for Ulster since making his debut against Cardiff in September 2005.

But he has not played for his province since October after sustaining ligament damage in a toe.

A recurrence of the problem led Trimble to have surgery in London in February, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

“I am delighted to have signed with Ulster for a further two years,” Trimble said.

“I hope to be back playing soon and will be aiming to put myself in the frame for selection for Ulster and Ireland over the coming months.

“2015 will be an exciting year at both provincial and national level and I hope to play a role in the coming years in the continuing success of Irish rugby.”

Trimble has been an essential figure in Ulster’s back three and helped them reach last season’s PRO12 semi-final after starring in Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations championship win, which led to him being named the Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year.

But his last appearance for Ireland came in their 23-17 win over Argentina in Tucumán last June.

“Andrew is a crowd favourite at Kingspan Stadium and a proven international performer, having won a multitude of awards last season,” said Ulster team manager, Bryn Cunningham.

“It is a huge boost to Ulster Rugby that Andrew has committed to the province for a further two years.

“He is an important leader within our squad and we look forward to him returning to action in the coming months.”

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