Aviva Premiership: Privilege to be a Saracen, says Barritt

England centre delighted to join fellow back Owen Farrell in signing a new long-term deal with the Allianz Park outfit

Brad Barritt has expressed his delight at signing a new long-term deal with Saracens.

The 28-year-old centre, who has made 142 appearances for the club, has been an important figure in the club’s backline since joining in 2008 from the Sharks.

This club has really come on in the past seven seasons and I’m really looking forward to some happy and successful years ahead.

Brad Barritt

His new deal is announced just a day after fellow England international Owen Farrell also committed his long-term future to the club, while the Allianz Park outfit have also announced contract extensions for centre Marcelo Bosch and young English forwards George Kruis, Jackson Wray and Maro Itoje.

“I’m absolutely delighted to stay a part of the Saracens family,” Barritt told the club’s official website.

“I consider this place home and I’m really looking forward to the years ahead with this fantastic club.

“It’s been a privilege to be a part of this successful team and this squad’s evolution over the years.

“This club has really come on in the past seven seasons and I’m really looking forward to some happy and successful years ahead.

“I’m very grateful to all the coaches and the players alongside me for their help in pushing me to play for higher honours.

“It’s been great to be part of the ride, and I’d like to think we’re still on the journey and the end is still far away.”

As well as impressing for his club, which saw him named player of the season in 2009 Barritt and nominated for the Aviva Premiership player of the year award in 2012, the Durban-born star has also enjoyed a solid international career after switching allegiances to England in 2009, earning 22 caps for the Red Rose and a late call-up as injury cover for the British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia in 2013.

He’s a warrior, leads by example and is held in the utmost respect by everyone at Saracens. He is a world class player, and is a key figure for both club and country.

Mark McCall on Brad Barritt

He has also impressed on the international stage, earning 22 caps for the Red Rose since making his debut in England’s Calcutta Cup victory against Scotland in February 2012, while his form earned him a late call-up as injury cover for the British & Irish Lions during the 2013 tour of Australia.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to one of the most competitive people he has ever met.

“Since Brad arrived at Saracens in 2008 he has developed into one of the most influential players in both the club and international scene,” McCall said.

“Without question, he’s the most competitive person that I’ve come across.

“In the seven years that he’s been here Brad has grown as a player and as a person.

“He’s a warrior, leads by example and is held in the utmost respect by everyone at Saracens.

“He is a world class player, and is a key figure for both club and country.

“We’re over the moon that Brad sees his long-term future at Allianz Park.”

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