Kiwi star extends Scarlets stay
CONTRACT NEWS: Johnny McNicholl has become the latest high-profile player to agree to a new deal with the Scarlets.
McNicholl, who can play full-back or wing, joined from New Zealand Super Rugby side Crusaders in 2016 and was part of the Scarlets team that lifted the Pro12 title that season.
A potent attacking runner, he made an immediate impact at Parc y Scarlets with a try on his debut against Leinster and has gone on to touch down 27 times in 59 appearances, including a memorable hat-trick in last season’s Pro14 Final in Dublin.
The news that McNicholl is extending his stay in West Wales comes on the back of last week’s announcement that Grand Slam winners Jonathan Davies, Ken Owens and Rob Evans have penned new deals with the Scarlets.
“I am happy that everything has been finalised and I’m staying at the Scarlets,” said McNicholl.
“Myself and my family are settled here in Wales and have been made to feel very welcome.
“We have had some great success over the last couple of years and hopefully there is more to come.
“I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my former Crusaders coach Brad Mooar and feel there are exciting times ahead.”
Born in Christchurch, McNicholl was a regular for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and a title winner with the Canterbury provincial team before making the move to West Wales.
The 28-year-old qualifies for Six Nations champions Wales on residency in December.
“It is great news that Johnny has signed a new contract,” said Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac.
“He has been one of the most dangerous attacking threats in the Pro14 in recent years and played a big part in us reaching successive finals and a European semi-final.
“With the news of Jon, Ken and Rob signing last week, this is another significant signing for the Scarlets. The squad is looking strong for next season.”