Ulster centre Luke Marshall hoping to continue impressive form as contract talks continue

Ulster and Ireland centre Luke Marshall
Ulster and Ireland centre Luke Marshall

Ulster and Ireland centre Luke Marshall is hoping to stay injury free and continue his impressive run of form to earn another contract at Ulster.

Marshall – who has been capped six times by Ireland – scored one of Ulster’s five tries last week’s 38-0 victory over Toulouse in the European Champions Cup.

The 24-year-old is off contract at the end of the season and is not sure where his future lies, but insists he wants to stay at Ulster.

“I’m negotiating at the minute,” Marshall confirmed on Wednesday.

“Talks have begun but there’s nothing firm. I’ve no idea and we’ll see what happens and comes my way.

“Obviously being a local boy this is the club I’ve always wanted to play for and the set-up here is as good as anywhere.

“The coaching staff is top class and players like Jared Payne, Darren Cave and Ruan Pienaar are all great players to learn from.

“It’s definitely much more high pressure. Ideally you just want to focus on rugby but when there are other things going on inside your head it does make things a bit trickier. It’s not ideal but it’s part of the sport.

“This year I’m just trying to enjoy my rugby and I don’t know what is going to happen next year. I don’t know where I’m going to be.”