Harlequins can announce today (Saturday 17th January) that three of Harlequins’ young English talents George Merrick and brothers Ross and James Chisholm have re-signed for the club until 2017.
Merrick and Ross Chisholm are senior squad members, while James Chisholm is currently in his second season within the successful Academy set up.
Second-row Merrick progressed through the Academy after joining from Whitgift College in 2011, a team he won the Daily Mail Schools Cup with on two consecutive occasions.
Born in Sutton, he won the Grand Slam during the 2012 U20s Six Nations for England and travelled to South Africa in the same year for the Junior World Championships. Since making his senior debut in 2013, the former Great British Australian Rules Football squad member has made 17 appearances for the club.
Merrick said: "I’m really pleased to have re-signed with Quins. It’s the team that I had always wanted to play for when I was growing up, so to have extended my time is really exciting. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead, while pushing for more senior game time."
Ross Chisholm, older brother of James, is an electric and versatile back three player who has made close to 50 appearances for the club since his debut in 2009. A series of injuries has restricted Ross’ appearances in recent times but the full-back, who began his playing career at Haywards Heath, is returning to former ways contributing to seven senior appearances so far this season.
"I’m really happy to have re-signed with Harlequins, it wasn’t a difficult decision at all and it’s great to have James at the club too" 25 year-old Ross said. "There is a real core group of young talent here at Harlequins and I have a brilliant opportunity to progress with them all and take this great club forwards."
Ross’ brother James joined the Harlequins Academy in 2013 and made his senior debut that year against Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup. The former Brighton College pupil captained England U18s to victory in 2013, before winning the Junior World Championship with England U20s in 2014. The 19 year-old was part of the Aviva ‘A’ League winning squad in 2012 and scored a brace of tries this season against The Dragons in the LV= Cup.
"I’ve really enjoyed my time so far with Harlequins and I’m really excited to have re-signed for another two years," James said. "I’m looking forward to developing alongside the great back-row talents we have here at Harlequins and eventually be in a position to battle it out with them for a regular starting place.
"Signing alongside Ross is great too, to be in this environment with him is important as we love playing and training together; I’m looking forward to what the coming years will bring."
Commenting on the signings, Harlequins Academy Manager Tony Diprose said: "We are really pleased to have secured George, Ross and James here for a further two years.
"All three players are incredibly exciting young talents and I am looking forward to seeing how they develop in the coming years."
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