Saracens sign up Grand Slam trio

Saracens have signed three of the brightest prospects in English rugby with Noah Cato, Alex Goode and Andy Saull all agreeing new contracts with the North London Club.

The 19-year-old trio were part of the England U20s Grand Slam winning side and are being tipped to play a major role for Saracens and England in the years to come.

Cato and Goode have signed two year deals while Saull has signed on for three years, with the trio set to be part of the Saracens first team squad from next season.

Wing Cato demonstrated his electrifying pace and ability to score six tries in five games for the U20s during their Six Nations and also crossed the line on his Saracens debut earlier in the season.

Fly half Goode was also a key player for England in the same tournament with his performances for Saracens in the Guinness A-League this season already taking him to the fringes of the first team squad.

Consistent performances in the A-League and with England has seen openside flanker Saull force his way into the Saracens first team this season and he made his debut for the club in the EDF Energy Cup clash against Bristol earlier in the year.

“All three players have great futures in front of them,” explained Saracens Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney.

“Noah has already shown us what he can do in terms of his try scoring, while Alex has demonstrated his attacking talents from fly half along with his ability to control a game.”

“Andy’s pace and power makes him a bright prospect. All three have forced their way into first team consideration this season and I’ve no doubt that if they continue to develop, they will have a major role to play for Saracens over the years.”

Cato comes from a sporting background with his grandfather, Brighton and Hove Albion football legend Glen Wilson, playing more than 400 games for the South Coast Club.

“I’m delighted to have signed and believe that the next few years are going to be very exciting for Saracens,” explained Cato who is currently preparing to fly out to Hong Kong at the weekend with the England 7s squad.


“Things have gone really well for me this season and after getting a taste of first team action earlier in the year, my focus now is to get my head down and work really hard to make sure I get more opportunities like that.

“There is a lot of competition at Saracens in the back three and its really good for me to be able to train and play with great players everyday.”

“Winning the Grand Slam with England was beyond my expectations,” explained Goode who shares a house with Cato.

“It was a great experience and to sign a new contract with Saracens has capped off a great week. There’s a good feeling at the club at the minute and I want to be able to play my part in that over the next few years. I’ve really benefited from playing regularly in the A-League team this season and hopefully I’ll be able to take that into next season and really challenge for a first team spot.”

Saull suffered a disjointed Six Nations campaign because of a hamstring injury but he was back in time to play his part in the 43-14 victory over Ireland last week that clinched the Grand Slam. “I started following Saracens as a supporter in the stands aged 13 so to have the chance to play for the club is fantastic.

“Noah, Alex and I are all good friends so to come through the ranks with them is quite special. This is a very exciting time to be involved in Saracens with the club in the knockout stages of two cup competitions and things are in place for there to be continued success in the years to come.”   


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