Will Skelton signs new two-year deal with Saracens

Will Skelton joined Saracens in 2017
Will Skelton joined Saracens in 2017

Saracens have confirmed that Australia international Will Skelton has penned a new two-year deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.

The deal also means Skelton's chances of featuring for the Wallabies has come to an end due to their policy of not selecting players plying their trade overseas with less than 60 Tests.

Skelton initially signed a short-term deal with Saracens in 2016 from Waratahs before going to sign a permanent contract with the Allianz Park outfit. He has played 36 Premiership games for the club and went on to win the Saracens Players’ Player of the Year award last season when the club went on to complete a double of domestic and European titles.

“I’m very stoked about it. It’s an opportunity to get better and it’s a blessing to do something you enjoy," he told the official website of the club.

“I enjoy being in the boys’ company, the coaches are great and coming into working and enjoying your job is the main reason why we stayed.

“Having the opportunity to stay here was almost a no-brainer for me. Having this culture of working hard and having great people around me made it an easy decision.”

Skelton has played 18 Tests for the Wallabies between 2014 and 2016 and was part of the 2015 World Cup squad. The 6ft 8in lock said he and his wife Kate are comfortable in extending their stay with the Allianz Park outfit.

“My wife is happy here, we’re both happy,” he said.

“She’s playing rugby as well and enjoying it. She’ll take it a little bit more seriously next year and having two years is a bit more security for us as a family and we can focus on other things aside from rugby.”

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