Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Harlequins FC has announced that six first team squad players, including Ben Botica have committed their long terms futures to the club after penning new contracts.
The likes of Rob Buchanan, Joe Gray, Tom Casson, Dave Ward and Charlie Matthews – all young prospects for the England team – have penned contract extensions till the end of the 2015/16 season while Botica’s new deal will see him stay at the club till the 2016/17 season.
The three hookers Ward, Gray and Buchanan have all made a name for themselves in recent weeks, performing beyond their years for their club and have caught the eye of the England selectors who are keen on drafting them into the side ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015.
While Gray and Buchanan have toured with England, Ward is yet to make his bow for the senior squad although he has played for the England Saxons in the pre-2014 Six Nations fixtures.
Harlequins FC has been consolidating their side over the last few months, ever since the club won the Aviva Premiership title in 2012 and with the extension of contracts of these players, they are creating a strong foundation of youth as the core of the side to build another team capable of challenging for the title both at home and in Europe.
Commenting on these young players extending their contracts with the club, Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby of Harlequins FC stated that they are obviously delighted that the players have committed their futures to the club and they will hopefully develop into world beaters for the club.
They all want to win major trophies and if they manage to win those trophies, they will go a long way to managing to reach their personal aims as well.