Saracens and England star Owen Farrell signs new contract
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Owen Farrell has signed a long-term contract extension at Saracens.
The England and British & Irish Lions fly-half will remain at the club that he has called home since the age of 14 after putting pen to paper on a new deal.
The 23-year old outside half has made 109 appearances for the Hendon outfit since making his debut in the Anglo-Welsh cup in 2008.
Farrell said: “I’m chuffed [to have signed]. I’ve loved every minute that I’ve had at Saracens, and how we’ve been going over the last few years - hopefully we can continue to get better and better.
“I owe a lot to this club, in terms of how I’ve improved as a player and how I’ve done in my career. Hopefully I’ve given as much to the club in return. I’m delighted that I’ll be been able to extend my deal here and I’m really looking forward to ripping into the rest of the season and the years ahead.”
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Farrell graduated from the Saracens academy in 2008 alongside Will Fraser, Jamie George, George Kruis and Jackson Wray and follows in the footsteps of fellow academy graduates Kruis and Maro Itoje in committing his future to the club in the past 10 days.
“I’ve come through alongside some great people - guys who have worked really hard together, so for us to have come through now and hopefully play an important part in this group is extra special,” said Farrell.
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“You don’t have to ask any of us who have come through the academy system what it means to pull on the Saracens shirt. I’d like to get as many caps as I can for this club, it’s a brilliant place with brilliant people, and we’re constantly improving. I can’t seeing anybody wanting to leave that.”
Director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Owen is one of the leading players in Europe, if not the world, so for him to commit his long-term future to the club is fantastic news.
“He is another player who has progressed through the ranks at Saracens to become a key player for club and country. He is a Saracen through and through, and his hunger and drive to keep on improving is exceptional. The whole club is looking forward to seeing him at Allianz Park over the coming years.”
Attention for Farrell and Saracens moves onto their clash with Northampton Saints this Saturday.
The No10, who has just returned from injury, added: “I’m feeling excited for Saturday. It was great to be back out on the field last weekend [in the Champions Cup defeat against Clermont Auvergne] - albeit not in the best circumstances, but it was great to be back out with the team and to be running around again.
“It’s been pretty tough watching the lads do really well and not be a part of it as much as I may have liked - but that’s rugby. I’m happy to be back out there training and playing and hopefully I can do my bit to help the team kick on.
“We are focusing everything on the Northampton game this weekend. We’re going to make sure there’s no stone left unturned and make sure we’re prepared to go out there and put in a big performance.
“That’s what’s going to help me going forward – you get your confidence from your performances, so all I can focus on when I get the chance is performing to the best of my ability. Preparation for that is pretty simple – it’s concentrating on what’s in front of you.”