- Munro, Cooper, Cobden all re-sign for Nottingham
- Boost for head coach Haag and club
Photo: Steve Galloway
Nottingham players Joe Munro, Rupert Cooper and Joe Cobden have signed contract extensions with the RFU Championship club.
Cobden, 21, has committed to another two seasons at Meadow Lane, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season, with Cooper, 25, and Munro, 22, re-signing until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Green and Whites Head Coach Martin Haag said: “I’m delighted that all three have signed, they have been key players in what we have been trying to achieve this season.
“Their development from pre-season and earlier in the campaign to now has been superb.
“They are guys who share the club’s values and who have the right character and commitment to the team. These are really good young players to re-sign and I look forward to more soon.”
For Cobden the new deal comes as a major boost on and off the field as he strives to cement his place as a Green and Whites regular while also trying to complete the final two years of his economics degree at Nottingham Trent University.
The former England junior representative has featured 15 times in all competitions and scored five tries this season.
“I’ve settled down here now and it’s a great environment,” Cobden said.
“I’m excited by the future and this is where I want to ply my trade and show everyone what I can do. A two-year extension gives me the chance to do that.
“My first year here I was all over the place, playing a bit of fly half, centre and wing and this year I have settled down in the centres and have been getting game time. I’m not worried about being on the bench at the minute, but hopefully I’ll get some game time in the next couple of weeks as we push for that top-four place in the Championship and move into the quarter-final of the cup.”
Munro is determined to build on his breakthrough season with Nottingham in which he has made the position at inside centre his own, starting 15 games this term.
“I’ve worked for a lot of years to cement my place and feel that I’ve developed a lot this season,” Munro said.
“I want to continue to improve and feel that I can do that playing for Martin Haag.
“There is no better place to be, there is an exciting future to look forward to no matter where we end up next season. The rugby we play here suits me and as a young player I know I’ll continue to get my chance to prove myself.”
Cooper has re-signed as both a player and leading member of the club’s Rugby in the Community department.
The blindside flanker, who made 11 appearances in all competitions last season, has thrived at Meadow Lane this season, starting 15 league games and making 20 appearances in all competitions.
“It has been a significant step forward for me personally this season,” Cooper said.
“Just having faith shown in me by Martin and being given the opportunity to play so many games has been a real pleasure and I’ve thrived on it.”