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It is with a sense of pride and a little sadness that we would like to congratulate Alexander Thompson on being offered a new contract with Ulster Rugby. Pride because Alexander achieved this after recognition for his achievements with Terenure College Rugby Football Club, but sadness because he now leaves us.

Alexander “Thompo” Thompson arrived in Lakelands last season and immediately had an impact. He immersed himself in the club and embraced everything the playing group was trying to achieve. He was welcomed by all the players, management & members and quickly became one of our own. Alexander’s family were also made welcome and were present at almost all his matches. After a very short time it felt like they had all been in the club for years. Alex had a fantastic season on and off the pitch, and all his hard work and dedication was rewarded with selection for the Ireland Clubs International team where he had a significant influence.

Club President Cathal O’Leary stated “On behalf of the Club and all its members, I would like to congratulate Alex and wish him well. We will certainly miss you. However, we are delighted that your hard work and dedication has paid dividends, and that your performances for Terenure were recognised and rewarded with this contract from Ulster Rugby. If you continue to perform as you have done over the past season, and continue to commit yourself as you have shown, I have no doubt that you will be a great success and will become another fine Ulster player. We will always consider you a ‘Nure man, and we look forward to seeing you back in Lakelands over the coming years”.

Alex responded by saying “I am incredibly proud to have worn the purple, black and white of Terenure and cannot thank the players, staff and everyone I have met in the club enough for a truly unforgettable year. 
It was just over a year ago when my roommate at the time and ex-‘Nure head Craig Trenier gave my number to Mark Hamilton (aka Hamo). Hamo picked up the phone to invite me down to the club for the end of year AGM and from the moment I arrived in Lakelands, I could not have felt more welcome. Each and every person I met, from seasoned current players to oldest Alickadoos, were so inviting that by the end of the night I felt like part of the furniture. My mind was made up by the morning and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 
Both on and off the pitch the club has gone above and beyond to help me in any way the could. Off the pitch,  Tom Moloney and J1s coach Will Moore met with me numerous times and helped me put together a CV. Will then recommended me for an interview with Sherry Fitzgerald who I started working with in August in New Homes. I thoroughly enjoyed my 10 months in Sherry Fitzgerald and have made numerous friends, countless contacts and gained invaluable experience. Along with this, I had countless offers from new teammates offering to put me up while I was doing preseason or when I initially moved to Dublin until I found my feet. 
On the pitch, the hard work and dedication put in from all the players and coaching staff was phenomenal, leaving us second in AIL 1A. The club gave me the platform to go out and test myself against the best club sides and club players in Ireland which lead to selection for the Ireland Clubs International Team, along with 4 other Terenure teammates. It was not long after these matches when the phone rang and negotiations with Ulster started. 
It is difficult to put into words the environment around the club. From the ethos and comradery among the players to the warmth and community in the club as a whole, there is truly something special in Lakelands, and it is something me and my family are going to greatly miss. I may have only had one season in Lakelands but I have made friends and memories for life. 
I wish each and everyone of you all the very best for the future and once again cannot thank you enough for a fantastic year in Dublin. It’s been an absolute pleasure”‘

Best of luck of luck Alex, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Lakelands soon!