Buccaneer’s Conor Kenny signs Connacht Senior Contract

Three Academy players have been rewarded with their first senior Connacht contracts.

Buccanneers player Conor Kenny will make the step up for the 2019-20 season.

The Prop has come up through the underage structures of the Athlone club before going on to represent the senior side in the All Ireland League.

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He also represented Garbally College in Ballinasloe prior to joining the Connacht Academy three years ago.

Out-half Conor Fitzgerald and Prop Matthew Burke were also handed senior contracts by Connacht.

These latest signings follow Paul Boyle’s graduation to the senior squad earlier this season.

Matthew Burke has made eight appearances for the senior team so far this season having made his debut away to Sale in the Challenge Cup back in October. The 22 year old prop is a native of Ballinrobe and plays his club rugby with Corinthians.

Having joined the Connacht Academy at the start of the season, Conor Fitzgerald is another player who has already made a significant contribution to the senior side. The out-half made four appearances in the European Challenge Cup and a further two in the PRO14.

Announcing the contract signings, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I have been very impressed with the talent I have seen coming through the club and academy structures in the province.

We have used Academy players throughout the season and my message to the next crop of players is that there will be opportunities for them to show what they can do. Our announcement today is great news for the players involved but the door is still open for others to make that step up.

The recent Grand Slam success for the Ireland U20s, and the involvement of Connacht representatives Dylan Tierney-Martin, Niall Murray, Colm Reilly, and Ryan Lomas, is a further example of the further depth in our academy ranks.”