Former Limerick minor hurler Conor Fitzgerald has signed his first professional contract with Connacht
A LIMERICK rugby out-half is among three players from the Connacht Academy to sign their first professional contracts with the province.
Shannon RFC out-half Conor Fitzgerald, who played in an All-Ireland minor hurling final for Limerick, has signed a pro contract with Connacht for the 2019/2020 season.
Having joined the Connacht Academy at the start of the season, Fitzgerald has already made a significant contribution to the Connacht senior side. The talented play-maker made four appearances in the European Challenge Cup and a further two in the PRO14.
Former Ardscoil Ris Munster Schools' Senior Cup star Fitzgerald joins fellow Connacht Academy players Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny in signing professional contracts.
Conor Fitzgerald's older brother Stephen is currently also at Connacht on a loan deal from Munster until the end of the season.
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.
"Earlier in the season, Paul Boyle signed his first professional contract and we are delighted to announce that Conor Fitzgerald, Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny will be added to our professional squad for next season. 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.”