JP Cooney commits to a sixth season with Connacht

He was one of four senior players who will stay with the squad

BY Cian Roche 17:00 Wednesday 17 May 2017, 17:00 17 May 2017

Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

JP Cooney has signed up to a sixth season with Connacht.

The prop is one of four players to commit their futures to the Sportsground today. Hooker Shane Delahunt, Outhalf Steve Crosbie and centre Tom Farrell have all extended their deals as well.

Cooney featured in 22 games for the province this season and made his 50th appearance against Munster at Thomond Park earlier this month.

"Our squad is taking shape for next season and we’re delighted with the level of retention in the senior ranks," said Connacht CEO Willie Ruane.

"To have continuity up front in the shape of JP and Shane is a great boost and we are excited by what Steve and Tom can add to the squad having only joined us earlier in the year.

"Recruitment remains ongoing as we look to finalise the makeup of our squad for next season."

Delahunt made 11 appearances in his debut season and started in the number two jersey on four occasions. He now has 27 caps to his name.

24-year-old outhalf Crosbie has featured in three PRO12 games for Connacht this year after joining in January. He kicked 17 points - six kicks from six - in April’s 22-19 win away to Edinburgh.

The province also confirmed that senior players Conor Carey, Dominic Robertson-McCoy and Stacey Ili have had the second year on their current contracts activated and will remain at the Sportsground for the coming season.

Connacht's JP Cooney leaves the pitch during the province's Champions Cup clash with Zebre. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

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