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Lawes Extends Saints Deal

England lock agrees a new three year deal

Posted Dec 21, 2011 by Chris White

Courtney Lawes has signed a new deal with Northampton

England lock Courtney Lawes has signed a new three-year contract to tie him to Northampton Saints until 2015. The 22-year old was a product of the youth academy at Franklin’s Gardens and has made 86 appearances for the club since making his debut in 2007.

Lawes won the European Challenge Cup with the Saints back in 2009 as well as the LV Cup in 2010, and was a part of the side that lost in the final of the Heineken Cup last season. He was also a part of the England squad at this year’s World Cup.

He won his 13th cap for England during the competition in New Zealand, and Lawes said that he had no hesitation in committing his long-term future to the Saints. “It means a lot to sign a new contract with Northampton because I’ve grown up here. I see a real future for myself at the club and I enjoy working with all the players and coaches and I want to stay here as long as possible.

“I’ve improved as a player in recent years which is down to the education I’ve had here,” he continued. “I’ve still got a lot to learn, and winning the LV Cup and Challenge cup were great, but I want to be part of a Premiership and Heineken Cup winning team and I believe I can do that at Franklin’s Gardens. Playing here in front of our fans is brilliant and I hope to make the fans proud over the coming years.”

Lawes is the second young England international to extend his contract with his club side in recent days, with prop Dan Cole extending his deal with Leicester. Lawes’ team mate at Northampton and also with England, Chris Ashton, is still dwelling over a new deal at the Saints, but they remain hopeful that he will sign on the dotted line soon.

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