Ulster's Bok skipper sticking around

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:46
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Influential Ulster captain Johann Muller has signed a one year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2014.

Ulster have been boosted by the news that influential captain Johann Muller has signed a one year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2014.

Muller, capped 24 times by South Africa, has had a remarkable influence on the squad since his arrival in Belfast three years ago from the Sharks in Durban.

In his debut season he helped the Province reach the knock out stages of both the Celtic League and European Cup. His performances did not go unnoticed as he picked up the Supporters Club Player of the Season Award and the Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year Award. Both awards highlighted his popularity and paid tribute to his work both on and off the field.

The 2007 World Cup-winner continued his excellent form the following season as he took over the captaincy and guided Ulster on another memorable European Cup run, this time to the final at Twickenham where Leinster secured a third European title.

Progress has continued this season with Ulster winning 17 of 19 competitive games under Muller's leadership. The squad has cemented its place at the top of the PRO12 table with an 11 point cushion over second-placed Glasgow, and qualified for the European Cup knock out stages for a third consecutive year.

The 32-year-old, who has amassed 52 appearances for Ulster to date, is looking forward to another season at Ulster:

He commented: "The contract extension has been in the pipeline for a while now and I'm delighted to get it signed. I've had a great time at Ulster so far, three years have flown by and I'm really looking forward to a fourth year.

"Ulster Rugby has gone through some wonderful times over the past couple of years and it's brilliant to be part of that. The players and back room staff have done an amazing job over the past three years and it's an exciting place to be. Everybody is really happy being part of this squad and this environment and I'm no different. We're on the right track and hopefully we can keep on going and win some silverware.

"We've done brilliantly so far this season but the next eight to 12 weeks is obviously going to define the season. The important stuff is coming up now," he added.

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