Saints announce quartet of contract renewals

Saints announce quartet of contract renewals

Northampton Saints can today confirm that Harry Mallinder, Tom Collins, Paul Hill and Ahsee Tuala have all signed new deals to remain at Franklin’s Gardens.

The quartet boast just under 400 appearances and 25 seasons at Franklin’s Gardens between them.


Mallinder, a former ballboy at Franklin’s Gardens and Saints Academy product, made his Club debut back in 2014 but really broke through between 2016 and 2018 where he became a fixture in the first team and earned a call-up to Eddie Jones’ England squad.

The versatile 23-year-old – who also previously captained England U18s and U20s – is equally comfortable at centre and fly-half, and is now back in first-team contention after missing most of the 2018/19 season through a serious knee injury.

Northampton-born Collins, 25, has been a fixture on the wing for Saints since Chris Boyd’s arrival at the Club, and is set to bring up a century of caps in Black, Green and Gold this season.


The fleet-footed speedster has notched up 29 Saints tries, 16 of which have come in the last 18 months, and Collins was the Club’s second-highest try-scorer last season.

Tighthead prop Hill arrived in Northampton from Yorkshire Carnegie back in 2015, immediately catching the eye of Eddie Jones and winning five caps for England in 2016.


Prior to his first Test cap for the Red Rose, Hill had represented his country at U17s, U18s, U19s and U20s level – taking part part in two Junior World Championship finals, including the 21-20 win over South Africa in 2014.

The 24-year-old enjoyed his most successful season in Black, Green and Gold last term, making more starts than ever before and lifting the Premiership Rugby Cup with Northampton, before claiming his 100th Club cap back in December against Leinster in Dublin.

 

Tuala became a Saint back in 2015, joining the Club initially as injury cover before impressing the Franklin’s Gardens faithful with a stint in the No.15 jersey and making his deal permanent that summer.

The 30-year-old Samoa international scored the winning try in the 2017 European Champions Cup play-off final against Stade Francais, securing top-tier European rugby for the 2017/18 season in a fine finish to the campaign.

Tuala received the Saints’ Supporters Breakthrough Player of the Year award for his performances that term, and featured heavily the following two years with 55 appearances in all competitions and 14 tries.

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