Easter signs two year contract with Saints

Mark Easter has committed himself to Northampton Saints by signing a new two-year contract. Easter joined the Saints Senior Academy from National League One outfit Nottingham in 2005.


After impressing for the Wanderers he made four first-team appearances and was rewarded with a first-team contract at the end of the season.


To date he has turned out 64 for the Saints first team, appearing in all three back row positions, and scored 13 tries.


25-year-old Easter has remained an important part of the first team squad this season. His play in the loose and his speed and ability to win the ball at the breakdown have won him many plaudits since Saints returned to the Guinness Premiership.


After committing himself to the Saints with this new contract, Easter signalled his intent both for the club and his personal ambitions.


“I’m in to my fourth year at the club now and I have really enjoyed being here,” he said. “We have a good squad and there are some quality back row forwards here, which is creating competition for me. Hopefully I can continue to take my chances and put myself in a position to play more first-team rugby.


“It really is a great club with straightforward ambitions. As both a club and as individuals, we want to keep on improving and look to win trophies.”


Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder greeted Easter’s decision to enter in to a new Saints contract.


“Mark is a popular member of the squad who played a key role last season in National League 1 and who has stepped up and performed strongly in all competitions so far this season,” he said.


“He has been here for a few seasons now and I think it can easily be forgotten that Mark is still a young, English player who we believe will improve even further over the next few years. His emergence as a quality back row forward and his consistent performances are exactly why he is a well respected player amongst both team mates and opponents.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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