Dickson extends with Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints have announced that Lee Dickson has signed a new contract with the club.

The 24-year-old scrum-half has been a virtual ever-present since arriving from Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2008, with just eight of his 50 appearances have been as a replacement.

His 33 appearances in the Saints’ 35 matches last season was the second highest total in the squad, and he has started all bar one of the Saints’ games so far in the 2009/10 campaign.

A member of the 2007 Churchill Cup winning campaign and the England Under-21 2006 Grand Slam squad, Dickson has also represented England Sevens.

But it his technical and organisational abilities that have made him a key part of the Saints team over the past 18 months, according to director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

“Lee has been able to adapt to whichever fly half we have paired him with and he has an excellent relationship with the forwards,” he said.

“His game management is good and he lets players around him know what he needs them to do. But as a young player Lee still has a lot to learn and he works hard with the coaches on developing his all-round skills.

“We think that there is plenty of improvement still to come from him and are very happy that he will be part of the squad for the next few years.”

“I’m the most settled I’ve ever felt in my career,” said Dickson.

“The coaches have worked very hard to put a decent squad together and at the moment we’re going OK. Northampton Saints is a big club that is going places. That’s why I signed in the first place and why I signed a renewal.

“The Saints as a club has exceeded my expectations. I knew it was a great club from my old coaches John Fletcher and Peter Walton, who had both played here, but it has more than lived up to that. It is a great town and a great fan base.”

“Everything is rugby orientated and it’s a great place to be at the moment.

“I don’t want to get carried away, but the squad has belief and we can achieve what we want to if we put our mind to it. “

“I want to be a part of something special here and play as well as I can.”

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