Craig signs new Saints deal

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:17
Large jamescraigsaracens Large jamescraigsaints2 Large jamescraigsaints

Utility forward James Craig on Thursday signed a new contract with the Northampton Saints.

Utility forward James Craig on Thursday signed a new contract with the Northampton Saints.

The 23-year-old forward joined the Saints in the summer of 2011 and has so far played 18 times in the club’s first team, including in the 2012 LV= Cup final and Premiership semi-final.

Craig is comfortable at both lock and in the back row, and although injury has cruelly prevented him from adding to his tally of appearances so far in 2012/13, he says he is determined to get fully fit and contributing to the black, green and gold cause as soon as possible.

“It has been a bit frustrating for me in terms of injuries this year, but I’m glad that the coaches have seen past that and seen my potential for the future,” he commented.

“Being a part of the Saints has been a great experience, and hopefully I can get back into the matchday 23 when I get back to fitness.

“Settling into the club has been a steady transition and I feel very much at home here now. It’s a great set of lads, a good crowd, good coaches, and you can’t say more than that.

“Looking forward I know I need to break into the first team. It’s going to be hard; we’ve got quality players across the back five forwards, including a lot of England internationals, but I’m determined to keep improving as much as I can.”

Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder said that Craig is a player who can provide a substantial contribution to the squad in the future.

“James is a talented player who has shown already that he has the ability to compete at the top end of the Premiership Rugby table,” he said. “He can play both in the second row and on the flank, and you need that kind of positional flexibility in the squad.

“We’re very happy that James has signed a new contract with us so early in the season and we’re looking forward to him continuing his development at Franklin’s Gardens.”

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 31 March 2017
Highlanders v Rebels 06h35 Dunedin
Sat, 01 April 2017
Blues v Force 04h15 Auckland
Chiefs v Bulls 06h35 Hamilton
Reds v Hurricanes 08h45 Suncorp Stadium
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h05 DHL Newlands
Zebre v Connacht 14h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Lions v Sharks 15h05 Ellis Park Stadium
Leinster v Wasps 15h15 Dublin
Munster v Toulouse 17h45 Limerick
Sun, 02 April 2017
Waratahs v Crusaders 06h05 Allianz Park
Saracens v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Toulon 15h15 Clermont-Ferrand
Mon, 03 April 2017
Maties v UJ 14h30 Stellenbosch
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 17h00 Pretoria
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 18 14 1 3 69
Exeter Chiefs 18 11 3 4 64
Saracens 18 13 1 4 63
Leicester Tigers 18 11 0 7 51
Bath 18 10 0 8 48
Harlequins 18 10 0 8 47
Northampton Saints 18 9 0 9 45
Gloucester 18 6 2 10 40
Newcastle Falcons 18 7 0 11 36
Sale Sharks 18 5 1 12 30
Worcester Warriors 18 4 2 12 26
Bristol 18 3 0 15 17
RELATED ARTICLES