Myler extends with Northampton Saints

Northampton have announced that Stephen Myler has committed himself to staying at Franklin’s Gardens until at least 2011 by signing a new contract with the club.

Myler, 24, joined the Saints Senior Academy from Super League outfit Salford City Reds in 2006. Having made his first team debut in November 2006, he won his first man of the match award in only his second game, an EDF Energy Cup win over Leicester.

In all Myler played 11 times for the Saints in his first season in rugby union, including in the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup and stepped up to the first team squad at the end of the campaign.

After playing 30 times during the Saints’ promotion campaign last season, Myler has been a first team regular in 2008/09.

His 166 points are the most by a player at Franklin’s Gardens and he won another man of the match award in the EDF Energy Cup win over the Scarlets. He has also earned himself a club cap by passing the 50-appearance mark in the Guinness Premiership clash against Bath in November.

The deal is Myler’s third at the Saints and he is very happy to have committed himself to the club once again.

“I’m delighted to have signed again with the club,” he said.

“We’ve taken massive steps this year to where I want to be aiming personally and we’ve got the coaching staff and everything we need at the club to go places, and that’s what I’m looking forward to hopefully contributing towards.

“In the long term the year in National League One will have done me the world of good, having been able to learn the game and come together as a squad without that pressure of Guinness Premiership rugby. I certainly feel comfortable now with rugby union. It’s my game now and hopefully that will show in my performances.

“Our focus is on improving as individuals and as a team. There is a lot of talent at Northampton and if we can keep the nucleus of the squad together we can build a successful team. That is something that I hope I’ll be a part of.”

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder is delighted that Myler has signed again with the club.

“Stephen is an outstanding young English player who is developing with every game he plays,” Mallinder said.

“His game management is excellent and it is sometimes easy to forget that he has still played relatively few games of rugby union. Rugby league players have sometimes found it hard to come to terms with the playmaking positions in union but Stephen has adapted very well.

“He has worked closely with Paul Grayson over the past few years to enhance his game understanding and is always keen to learn more.

“He is also a very level-headed young man who I am sure will be a key member of the Northampton Saints squad for years to come.”

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