Wasps have announced that Lions and England international Elliot Daly has extended his contract with the club.
The 24-year-old, who started every Test for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks over the summer, is recognised as one of the brightest young talents in world rugby.
A product of Wasps Academy, Daly has made 157 appearances for the senior squad since making his debut as an 18-year-old Whitgift school boy in 2010.
Speaking about the contract extension, Daly said: “I’m really pleased to have extended my contract with Wasps. In some ways it seems like yesterday that I made my Wasps debut.
“In other ways, when you think of the progress we’ve made as a club and squad over the past five years in climbing from 11th to 1st at the end of the regular season, it feels like a life-time ago.
“The great thing about this squad is that many of us have grown up together. We’ve been through some tough times and have started to enjoy some much better times. Dai trusted us to go out and show what we could do back then and we’re seeing the benefits of that backing now.
“The core of the squad has remained the same, while Dai’s also added some extra experience and proven internationals to supplement the English talent we’ve developed here.
“A number of Wasps players who were given a chance as youngsters have gone on to earn international opportunities and hopefully there will be more to come who can enjoy that experience.
“As a squad, we took a big step forward last season by reaching the Aviva Premiership Final. While the hurt is still there for coming up short, on reflection it was a good season and hopefully one we will learn from. We need to improve across the board, but we have a great platform to build on and I feel our squad has the talent and mind-set to continue challenging at the highest level.
“I’m enjoying the extra responsibility I’ve been given in the leadership group and look forward to playing my role in the squad’s development and hopefully helping Wasps to succeed this season.”
Dai Young was understandably thrilled that one of the game’s most sought after stars has put pen to paper, with a season still left on his current contract.
“Elliot is an integral member of our squad and it is fantastic for the club that he has signed a contract extension with us. Despite his relatively young years, he already has a wealth of experience.
“He has consistently been one of our stand-out players over recent seasons and has seized every opportunity that has come his way on the back of those performances.
“I was really pleased for him that he was able to show everyone exactly what he’s capable of at the very highest level during the Lions tour.”