Aviva Premiership: Owen Farrell delighted to sign new Saracens deal
Outside-half commits future to English rugby with long-term deal and aims to make as many appearances as he can for his club
Owen Farrell admits he is delighted to sign a new long-term contract with Saracens.
The 23-year-old England outside-half has been at the club since the age of 14, progressing from the Saracens academy to make 109 appearances since making his debut in the LV=Cup back in 2008.
I owe a lot to this club, in terms of how I’ve improved as a player and how I’ve done in my career. Hopefully I’ve given as much to the club in return.
Owen Farrell on his time at Saracens
Farrell joins a number of young English players to commit their future to the Allianz Park outfit, following in the footsteps of forwards Jackson Wray, Maro Itoje and George Kruis, who have all agreed new deals this year with the club keen to build around the development of their academy graduates rather than splash money on big names from the southern hemisphere.
After a season blighted by injuries, Farrell returned to the Saracens side off the bench, scoring a penalty in their 13-9 European Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont Auvergne last Saturday.
And he hopes that the club will continue to get better after coming close to Aviva Premiership and European success in recent seasons.
“I’m chuffed,” Farrell told the Saracens website.
“I’ve loved every minute that I’ve had at Saracens, and how we’ve been going over the last few years – hopefully we can continue to get better and better.
“I owe a lot to this club, in terms of how I’ve improved as a player and how I’ve done in my career. Hopefully I’ve given as much to the club in return.
“I’m delighted that I’ll be been able to extend my deal here and I’m really looking forward to rip into the rest of the season and the years ahead.”
Rumoured to be on the radars of a number of French clubs, Farrell has set his sights on winning as many caps as possible for Saracens as well as continuing to develop as a player.
“You don’t have to ask any of us who have come through the academy system what it means to pull on the Saracens shirt,” he added.
“I’d like to get as many caps as I can for this club, it’s a brilliant place with brilliant people, and we’re constantly improving.
“I can’t seeing anybody wanting to leave that.”
Farrell has also picked up 29 international caps since making his senior England debut against Scotland in 2012 and was part of the British and Irish Lions squad on their winning tour of Australia in 2013.
But he lost his England place in the autumn internationals and missed the RBS 6 Nations through injury earlier this year.
While he faces a fight to dislodge Bath’s George Ford, who starred for the Red Rose in Farrell’s absence and is expected to be handed the reins for England’s Rugby World Cup campaign, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists that his player is one of Europe’s best.
“Owen is one of the leading players in Europe, if not the world, so for him to commit his long-term future to the club is fantastic news,” McCall said.
“He is another player who has progressed through the ranks at Saracens to become a key player for club and country.
“He is a Saracen through and through, and his hunger and drive to keep on improving is exceptional.
“The whole club is looking forward to seeing him at Allianz Park over the coming years.”