Ulster have confirmed that Jacob Stockdale has signed a contract extension to remain with the province for the foreseeable future.
Ulster announced the deal on Wednesday, confirming that Stockdale has agreed to extend his stay at the Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2020.
BREAKING | Ulster and Ireland star @JacobStockdale has agreed a contract extension to remain at Ulster until the summer of 2020.
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) February 21, 2018
Stockdale has enjoyed a strong and consistent rise to prominence since breaking into the Ulster first-team setup in 2016. The 21-year-old has made 37 appearances for the province so fsr, and has scored eight tries so far in the 2017/18 campaign.
Internationally, his rise has been even sharper. Having been drafted into Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad in the wake of many regulars departing for the Lions tour in summer 2017, Stockdale scored on his debut against the USA and has remained part of the squad since. His most recent contribution to the side was the scoring of two tries in the comprehensive 6 Nations victory over Italy earlier this month.
Speaking to Ulster’s website, Stockdale said that he was looking forward to continuing his development with Ulster:
“As a young lad from Ulster, I’ve grown up watching the club and to get to pull on the white jersey is an honour for me.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with some really top class players and learn from them, as well as play with guys that I have been friends with for a long time.
“Hopefully I can continue to improve at Ulster and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team over the next few seasons.”
In the meantime, Stockdale is expected to be part of the Ireland squad for this weekend’s pivotal 6 Nations clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.