Fly-half James Grayson signs maiden senior contract with Northampton

James Grayson will remain at Franklin's Gardens at least until 2021
James Grayson will remain at Franklin's Gardens at least until 2021
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Fly-half James Grayson has signed his maiden senior contract with Northampton Saints that will keep him with the Gallagher Premiership at least until 2021.

Grayson was awarded professional contract with the Northampton Academy during the 2016/17 season and in his first outing he helped Northampton Wanderers to A League title win when they defeated Gloucester United 36-15 in the final.

The 20-year-old went on to make his first start in the Premiership during the 2017/18 season against Sale Sharks. He has played eight first-team matches this season in which he started in five.

“Northampton is my home and Saints is the club I’ve supported all my life, so naturally I’m ecstatic to be signing,” he said.

“The club have supported my development throughout my junior career and I’ve never imagined playing anywhere else.

“We’re going through an exciting period of change at Franklin’s Gardens at the moment and I’m certain that Northampton is the best place for me to grow as a player. We’ve got a great environment here and I’m learning so much from the coaches and senior players.”

Grayson made his England U20 debut during 2017 Six Nations campaign and also was part of the squad that competed in the World Championships later that year.

“James is a young player with heaps of talent and an excellent work ethic to make the most of his ability,” said Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd.

“We’re thrilled James has bought into the vision for the future here at Franklin’s Gardens and I’m excited to see him continue to grow in a Black, Green and Gold jersey.”

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