Quins stock up for next season

Harlequins have strengthened their roster of young English players by signing forwards Chris Brooker, James Percival and Phil Davies for next season.

All three players have all signed two-year contracts that will keep them at ‘Quins until at least June 2009.

Brooker, 20, joins from Bath having been part of the England Under-21 Grand Slam-winning team during last year’s Six Nations, while 23 year-old Percival moves after spending the last two years at Northampton Saints.

Davies returns to ‘Quins aged 25 after an initial spell at The Stoop in the Academy during the 2000/01 season. He spent four years at Sale Sharks before a two-season spell in France with Bayonne.

“I’m delighted to have secured the services of these three players,” said ‘Quins coach Dean Richards

“The likes of Ollie Kohn, Will Skinner, Danny Care and David Strettle were relatively unknown when they joined us last summer, but their excellent performances this season have now made them key figures; I’m confident that these new additions to the squad can make a similar contribution.”

In addition to the new players joining the club, ‘Quins have also retained the services of prop forwards Ceri Jones, Mark Lambert and Aston Croall, who have all signed new deals.

They follow in the footsteps of England internationals Nick Easter and Strettle, as well as Jordan Turner-Hall, Mike Ross and Skinner, who all extended their current contracts earlier in the season.

“To have retained the services of so many key players from the current season bodes well for the future of Quins,” added Richards.

“We’re building a squad that has good competition for places and strength in-depth, as well as containing a number of the most exciting young English qualified players in the game.

“I’m very excited about what we’re developing here at ‘Quins and confident about building on our encouraging return to the top flight this season.”


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