England’s Itoje becomes latest to extend Saracens deal

Rugby

Maro Itoje has become the latest England international to commit his future to Saracens despite the team’s relegation to the Championship, the club announced on Friday.

Saracens drop into the second tier at the end of the campaign after being relegated for breaching salary cap rules.

Despite being relegated, several England internationals including skipper Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Elliot Daly and brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola, have confirmed they are staying at Saracens.

“I’m massively excited to be a part of this club,” Itoje said in a club statement. “I’ve been part of Saracens since I was 14-years-old, and we’ve had some great memories.

“The culture at Saracens is second to none and I think that’s evident for everyone to see.

“I’m really looking forward to the future; the future is going to be brighter than our past. The future is in our hands and we have the power to shape our own destiny.”

Saracens did not disclose the length of the 25-year-old’s new deal.

Itoje, who made his debut for Saracens in 2014, has made 119 appearances and played a part in their three Champions Cup and four Premiership successes.

“From his early days in our academy, to being part of the club’s biggest moments, Maro has been a vital member of the Saracens project and we are thrilled he is committing to Saracens,” director of rugby Mark McCall said.

“At 25, it’s exciting to think where he can take his game, this team and our club in the future.”

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