Elliot Daly extends stay at Wasps

British and Irish Lions back Elliot Daly, pictured, has signed a new contract with Wasps
British and Irish Lions back Elliot Daly, pictured, has signed a new contract with Wasps

England international Elliot Daly has penned a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Wasps.

According to reports, Saracens and Harlequins were interested in signing Daly, who started in all three games for British and Irish Lions in the recent tour of New Zealand but the 24-year-old decided to stay committed to the Ricoh Arena outfit.

Daly has made 157 appearances for the club since graduating from the Wasps Academy and is highly regarded by England coach Eddie Jones.

Wasps rugby director Dai Young expressed his delight on the news and lavished praise of Daly, who he believes is a key member of the squad.

"Elliot is an integral member of our squad and it is fantastic for the club that he has signed a contract extension with us," said Young.

"Despite his relatively young years, he already has a wealth of experience. He has consistently been one of our stand-out players over recent seasons and has seized every opportunity that has come his way on the back of those performances.

"As a director of rugby, I was also pleased that Elliot committed to the club with a season still to run on his current contract.

"We're not daft, we know a player of his class would have topped a number of clubs' lists when January came round, but Elliot believes in the potential of our squad and is happy that this is a place where he will continue to produce his best rugby.

"I was really pleased for him that he was able to show everyone exactly what he's capable of at the very highest level during the Lions tour.

"Elliot is one of the key leaders in the group and the exciting thing is there is still so much to come from him.

"He isn't even 25 yet, but he has really matured as a player and a person over the last couple of seasons and the best is yet to come."

Meanwhile, Daly, who has played 13 Tests for England in the last two years believes the decision to remain with Wasps was a straightforward one and is hopeful of building his career in the coming seasons.

"I'm really pleased to have extended my contract with Wasps," said Daly.

"In some ways it seems like yesterday that I made my Wasps debut. In other ways, when you think of the progress we've made as a club and squad over the past five years in climbing from 11th to first at the end of the regular season, it feels like a lifetime ago.

"The great thing about this squad is that many of us have grown up together.

"We've been through some tough times and have started to enjoy some much better times. Dai trusted us to go out and show what we could do back then and we're seeing the benefits of that backing now.

"The core of the squad has remained the same, while Dai's also added some extra experience and proven internationals to supplement the English talent we've developed here.

"A number of Wasps players who were given a chance as youngsters have gone on to earn international opportunities and hopefully there will be more to come who can enjoy that experience."

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