Ireland fly-half Jackson signs new Ulster deal

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Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has signed a new two-year contract with Pro12 side Ulster.

Jackson's previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season and Northampton Saints had been linked with the 25-year-old.

Ulster on Wednesday revealed that Jackson, who started Ireland's Six Nations clashes with Scotland and Italy last month in the absence of Jonathan Sexton, has committed his future to the Province until at least 2019.

Jackson said: "I'm delighted to be staying on at Ulster Rugby for at least another two years. It is such a proud moment for myself and my family.

"Every time I pull on the Ulster jersey it is something that I don't want to take for granted and I hope to continue to grow as a player and contribute to this team in a positive way. 

"I believe that the pillars for success are in place here at Ulster with a quality squad and management team. I am hugely excited by the challenges that lie ahead and I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me to this point in my career."

Jackson has scored 831 points in 118 matches for Ulster since making his debut six years ago.