Andy Warwick is relishing the prospect of helping Ulster to further success after signing the professional deal of his rugby career.
The Ballymena-based player has put pen to paper on a new deal which means he will remain at Kingspan Stadium until at least the summer of 2017.
The Ballymena man made his Ulster debut against Cardiff last March and has had 15 further appearances for the side.
“When I joined the Academy my aims were to play for the first team and to sign a professional contract with Ulster,” said the loose-head prop, 23.
“I am delighted now to have achieved both those things.
“The past nine months have been incredible. I am extremely proud to represent Ulster and I look forward to helping the team be successful in the coming seasons.”
Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham says Warwick has made the step up from Academy prospect to first team regular “with ease”.
“He is now a highly important player for us in a key position.
“It is crucial for Ulster Rugby moving forward that we retain a core group of home grown talent who possess an ambition that fits in with our culture. ndrew is one of those players and we are delighted he has committed to two years.”
Warwick formerly played for Ulster Schools and Ulster U-20s and recently coached at Ballymena Academy.