- Green & Whites captain extends contract for two more years
- "I’m really enjoying my rugby here", says Wilson
Nottingham Rugby captain Brent Wilson has signed a two-year contract extension with the RFU Championship club.
The flanker, 31, moved to Meadow Lane on an 18 month deal in November 2011 after five years and more than 100 games in the top flight with Newcastle. The new deal will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Wilson stepped up as skipper of the Green and Whites this season following the departure of long-serving captain Craig Hammond. He has thrived in the role, scoring six tries in 10 league games.
The former New Zealand sevens international said the dream of being the captain that leads Nottingham to the Premiership was a major factor in his decision to commit to the Green and Whites.
“I want to play my part in getting us there,” Wilson said. “I’m really enjoying my rugby here, I’m at a good age, my family is settled and loves it here, so I see Nottingham as a place where I can play out my career. We are going in the right direction as a club and I believe we can push on to something special.”
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Nottingham head coach Martin Haag said Wilson’s decision to extend his stay is a major coup for the Green and Whites.
“I’m delighted that Brent has agreed to stay with us at Meadow Lane, he has done an outstanding job as both a player and leader for us this season,” Haag said.
“We are at a stage that we are looking at the continuity of this team and creating something to be proud of as a club. Brent is a big part of that.
“This is not a time to chop and change personnel, and he the sort of player that you want at the heart of a club.There is something big on the horizon for Nottingham and it is great that that Brent wants to be part of it.
“We have a long way to go yet, but with this signing, and more to come, we are building on the solid foundations that we have in place.
“In terms of describing Brent as a player and asset, he fits the sort of player that we want here at Meadow Lane – he has an overwhelming desire to win, is incredibly self-motivated, leads by example, is the consummate professional in the way he prepares himself physically, and is a constant performer under pressure.
“We play by core values of honesty, truth, hard work, team spirit, discipline, and those are things that Brent displays as a rugby player and person."
Nottingham Rugby chief executive Simon Beatham added: “Things are obviously going well at the moment and we as a club want to continue this development. Brent has been a key part of this and for us to secure Brent for the next two seasons puts a great marker down for our clearly stated ambition of getting Nottingham Rugby into the Premiership.
“Over the summer we said that we wanted to redefine our values as a club and we believe Brent epitomises these.
“These are exciting times for the club, with support, sponsorship and the team's position reaching new heights. Brent's signing is just latest step on our journey in getting Nottingham Rugby up into the Premiership.“