Nigerian-born England rugby star, Maro Itoje, has become the latest high-profile player to commit his future to Saracens.
The 25-year-old England lock follows in the footsteps of fellow Rugby World Cup final starters, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Elliot Daly, Mako and Billy Vunipola, in agreeing to stay at Saracens despite their relegation out of the Premiership as punishment for breaking salary cap rules.
Itoje, who has made 119 club appearances to date says he is excited by the challenges ahead.
“I’m massively excited to be a part of this club,” Itoje said.
“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”.
Director of rugby, Mark McCall, said: “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”.
“On and off the field, Maro is a diligent, professional and thoughtful individual, who sets the example of what it means to use every opportunity you are given to improve. At 25, it is very exciting to think where he can take his game, this team and our club in the future”.