George North signed new deal with Northampton Saints
There had been talk about him possibly returning home to Wales
The 23-year-old Wales international has won 55 caps for his country
George North has signed a new contract with Northampton Saints today, ending speculation about a possible return to Wales at the end of his contract, which was set to expire at the end of the 2015/16 season.
The 23-year-old’s, whose previous deal was due to expire next summer, had been linked with a move back to WRU dual contract, with former club the Scarlets initially saying they would welcome him back.
“I am massively delighted to extend my time at the Gardens,” admitted North.
“It has been a pleasure to play for this great club and for its fans, who are some of the best in rugby. It’s been a fantastic couple of years where we have enjoyed much success and is a hugely competitive environment where I can continue to develop and improve as a player.
“I am looking forward to much more success working with a great bunch of players and coaches.”
Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder couldn’t hide his delight at the news his star man had signed a new deal.
“We’re delighted that George has decided to remain here at Franklin’s Gardens,” admitted Mallinder.
“He is a proven world-class performer, something he has shown over and over again in his time here.
“Not only is he a top player, but he is a great person to have around the club. He is a positive and enthusiastic character who is very driven to improve. He is extremely dedicated both on and off the pitch, and we look forward to him continuing to play and develop here.”
The `Welsh wing-wizard emerged as one of the most talented wingers in the modern game after making his international debut in 2010, aged 18, and has since added two Six Nations titles to his name despite his tender years.
He also went on to take a starring role on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013 and was a key figure in their 2-1 series victory – most notably scoring a sensational solo try in the first Test.
North also enjoyed a scintillating start to 2015, bagging a hat-trick in the opening-night rout of Gloucester, but he would go on to score only four more tries all season before struggling to be at his best during the Rugby World Cup.