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Fitzpatrick and Ferris extend Ulster stay
ESPN Staff
January 10, 2014
No date has been set for Ferris' return from injury © Getty Images
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Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has signed a new short-term deal with Ulster.

The back-row last played for Ulster in November 2012 and has been out of action with both shoulder and knee injuries. His deal with the province was due to end in January, but he has extended his stay.

"Stephen has shown remarkable drive and determination over the past year as he has worked to overcome the injury that has kept him out for so long," Ulster director of rugby David Humphreys said. "We are committed to helping him in every way possible and his new contract extension will mean that he will continue to have the best medical, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning teams around him, to help his recovery."

And Ulster were handed another boost with Declan Fitzpatrick signing a new deal until the summer of 2016. The prop has seven caps for Ireland and he is looking forward to developing his game at Ulster.

"Both my family and I love living in Belfast so it is great to have our long-term future sorted out," Fitzpatrick said. "I hope to make a significant contribution in the coming seasons and my aim next year is to nail down a starting place."

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