Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw signs long-term deal
The 24-year-old Quins skipper has signed a three-year contract extension at the Aviva Premiership club
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw has signed a three-year contract extension to keep him at the Aviva Premiership club until 2014.
The 24-year-old is another wonder product of Quins’ renowned Academy. He made his Premiership debut in the 2007-08 London Double Header and has since made 84 appearances for the London club.
Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea spoke of his sheer delight after Robshaw penned his new deal. “Chris embodies everything this club is and wants to be about,” he said.
“We know people will move on but our intention is to keep the core of this group together for a long period of time and we intend to act early so they can trust that they are in this together.
“At still only 24 Chris wants to push on for both Harlequins and England, two goals that are well within his compass.
“I feel I would speak for a lot of players, staff and supporters when I say that we are delighted that Chris has made this decision to commit long term to Harlequins and I look forward to sitting down over the summer to secure a number of others from our squad to the same sort of timescales.”
Robshaw, who is an England Saxons regular, has won one cap for the senior squad and will be looking to be on Martin Johnson’s radar ahead of England’s World Cup campaign.
The Surrey-born blindside flanker is confident he and the squad can fulfill their ambitions at Quins.
“Harlequins are a great club and one which I think is on the verge of great things in the coming years,” he said. “We have a squad with a great mix of youth and experience and we are trying to play a brand of rugby that will excite and challenge.
“I believe that through Harlequins a number of us can achieve our aims of playing for a winning club at the highest level whilst also pursuing our dreams of playing for our country.
“It is a real honour to be captain of one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world and certainly one of the most recognisable and in the short term I can’t wait to lead the boys out on Friday in the Amlin Challenge Final, which will be our first major final since 2004.”
He could lead Quins to their first major silverware since winning the Parker Pen Challenge Cup seven years ago if they triumph over James Haskell’s Stade Francais at Cardiff City stadium next week.
Winning Europe’s second club competition will guarentee Heineken Cup rugby for the Quins, who narrowly missed out on automatic qualification after finishing in seventh, two points behind London Irish.