Alex Goode signs long-term deal with Saracens

Alex Goode has been with Saracens since 2008
Alex Goode has been with Saracens since 2008

Saracens have confirmed that full-back Alex Goode has penned a long-term deal with the club ahead of the 2019/20 season resumption.

Goode will head to Japan to play for NEC Green Rockets for a loan stint at the end of the ongoing season before returning back to Allianz Park in May next year.

The 32-year-old has been with Saracens since his professional rugby debut in 2008 and is closing on 300 appearances for the club that includes 209 Premiership games.

“I love being part of this club,” he told the official website of the club. “I love the environment, coming in every day and being with friends, people who I’ve known for many years.

“I’ve had 14 years at this club and I’ve loved every moment. Everyone has given me so much and given me and my family so many memories over the years which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Goode played in Under 19 World Cup for England in 2007 and was part of the England Under 20 side that won the Grand Slam in 2008 and reached the final of the Junior World Cup the same year. He has also played 21 Tests for England between 2012 and 2016.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall lavished praise on Goode and his contributions to the club.

“Alex Goode is one of the most gifted players of his generation," said McCall.

“To watch him play is to be reminded of the subtle, skilful and intangible aspects that encapsulate great rugby performances. His balance on the run, bravery in the air and execution under pressure have often made the difference in the club’s biggest moments.

“On and off the field, Alex has dedicated himself to the Saracens project since his early days in our Academy and has been a vital part of all we have achieved. We are thrilled he has committed his future to the club.”

Saracens will be featuring in the second tier Championship competition next season after they were handed an automatic relegation at the end of the 2019/20 season for a series of salary cap breaches.

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