28th Oct, 2016

Aviva Premiership Player of the Month Jimmy Gopperth signs new Wasps deal

Steve Carpenter 13th Oct, 2016 Updated: 3 hours ago

THE TOP points scorer in the Aviva Premiership Jimmy Gopperth says it was an easy decision to commit his future to Wasps.

Gopperth follows in the footsteps of Dan Robson, Thomas Young and Kearnan Myall in signing a new contract having made an impressive start to the new season

The 33-year-old has chalked up 90 points in the first six games of the season and scored three tries, which has led him to be named the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month.

A key member of the senior playing group Gopperth has played an integral role in the squad’s progress over the past 18 months, using his experience and game management skills to help guide Wasps to two semi-finals last season.

His accuracy with the boot has produced many memorable moments for Wasps’ fans, but none more so than his last-minute European Quarter Final clincher.

“I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract with Wasps,” said Gopperth, who has notched up 33 appearances and 343 points in black and gold since joining from Leinster last season.

“The way the club’s going and the direction we’re moving in as a squad, the quality of players and coaching staff we have, it’s just a great fit.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself the last couple of years, especially this year, and I’m loving my rugby playing alongside a great bunch of guys, so why not continue it?

“I believe there’s a lot still to come from this squad. We’ve been learning our ways and making good progress, but I feel there’s more to come.

“We obviously have a few more people to come in which will help our cause, but we’re just looking to improve every single week. We’re on the right track but we’ve still got plenty to learn.”

Wasps’ Director of Rugby, Dai Young, said that Gopperth was a ‘very important player’ for the club both on and off the field.

He added: “He’s played a big part in moving the club forward since he arrived. Aside from his skills and attitude on the pitch, his leadership, professionalism and encouragement of everyone around him are hugely valuable to the squad.

“Jimmy’s a very important cog to keep this side progressing and I’m really pleased he is on board with us moving forwards.

“He is a top man who always puts the team first and because of that he is highly respected and is the type of player other players play for.”