Dai Young and James Haskell commit future to Wasps - The Coventry Observer

Dai Young and James Haskell commit future to Wasps

Coventry Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

DAI Young and seven of his current playing staff have committed their future to Wasps.

The club’s director of rugby has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Ricoh until 2019.

Skipper James Haskell, who scored the first opening try in Sunday’s 41-16 win over Sale, has put pen-to-paper on a new deal along with Joe Launchbury.

Josh Bassett, Chris Bell, James Cannon, Carlo Festuccia, Ruaridh Jackson, Simon McIntyre and Phil Swainston have also committed their future to the club.

“I am very pleased to have extended my contract and am excited about the squad we are building here,” said Young.

“Life is never dull at Wasps and it has been a roller coaster ride during my four years here to date.

“However, since Derek Richardson came on board, we finally have security and are now in a position to plan for the future and invest in our squad and training facilities.

“We own our own home, which is one of the most extensive facilities in world rugby, we are on course to build world class training facilities and I fully expect to be able to attract more world class players in the years to come.

“The fan base we are building in Coventry and Warwickshire, combined with our original support, is also creating a real buzz for the team.

“It’s fantastic to see so many of our current squad committing to the club and being excited to be part of Wasps future.”

Wasps CEO Nick Eastwood said he is delighted to have secured the services of Young.

He added: “He has fought off relegation and kept the squad fully focused during off-field financial difficulties, with the result that he and his coaching team have guided the squad from 11th to 8th to 7th in successive seasons in the Aviva Premiership, and currently sit in the top four.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dai publicly for going beyond the traditional remit of a director of rugby to keep this club and squad together over the past few years, and for achieving everything he has in testing circumstances.”

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