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Harlequins cap off contract flurry

Harlequins cap off contract flurry

It’s been a busy week in Twickenham, with Harlequins announcing eight players have signed contract extensions at the club.

Paul Gustard’s chargers have blitzed their way up to third in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table after kick-starting their campaign by inflicting Exeter Chiefs’ first loss of the season back in November.

With Challenge Cup progression ensured and the Quins flying high in the table, the Stoop has witnessed a flurry of faces pen their futures at the club.

England internationals Jack Clifford and Danny Care both agreed to new deals, while Samoan Elia Elia and England U20 wing Gabriel Ibitoye followed suit.

Fly-half James Lang and Ross Chisholm secured their futures and in the last two days Aaron Morris and Niall Saunders signed contract extensions at Quins.

Clifford, who has been at the club since the age of 13, made his debut for Quins back in 2013 and has been a revelation in the side – going on to make his England debut in the 2016 Six Nations.

Getting his name signed on the dotted line was a move Gustard was increasingly keen on.

He said: “Jack has developed from a kid with outstanding potential into a full international during his time at Harlequins and I have been privileged to have played a part in his burgeoning career when we first crossed paths in 2016 and now in my role here at Harlequins.

“He has shown the resilience, effort and desire to use the time he has been injured to come back and not only reintegrate into the side showing all the qualities that we know, but further to excel in a physically demanding position playing in a manner that has meant he has been a stand-out performer for us this season and gaining his selection with England.

“He thoroughly deserves all the success that is sure to come his way for club and country. I am delighted that he believes in what we want to achieve as we believe in him and we are stronger moving forward with Jack-man in our squad.”

Only a day later and scrum-half Care added his list to Quins’ squad for next season – earning rave praise from his head coach.

Gustard said “Danny epitomises all that is good about Harlequins and I know everyone at the club joins me in congratulating him on his new contract.

“Danny offers something different in every match we play and he is a player that you never want to come up against. He sees things before we do up in the crow’s nest and he has the skill, bravery and courage to make the decision and execute.

“There are very few players in the world – never mind the country – that have his talent allied to his level of consistency in performance.

“He has bought into everything that we are trying to achieve here at Harlequins and he always brings that sense of fun that makes training so enjoyable with him around.”

And Care shared his delight at guaranteeing his future at his home club for another two seasons.

“I’m delighted and incredibly proud to have signed for two more years with the club that I love,” said the 84-time capped England international.

“I’ve had 13 amazing years here and I can’t wait to see what the next few will hold.

“I really believe that the club is in a great place at the moment and we’re all working as hard as we can to get hold of some silverware soon.”

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