Transfer News | Two more Sarries set to sign new deals
Saracens stalwarts Alex Goode and Jackson Wray are set to sign new long-term deals with the London club, according to reports.
England international Goode will leave the club on loan, heading to Japan for the 2020/21 season before returning to Allianz Park for their expected return to the Gallagher Premiership.
Named Premiership Rugby Player of the Season in 2015/16, the 32-year-old excelled in 2018/19 as Saracens won the double and was recognised for his displays by being voted European Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Sunderland-born back-rower Wray, is also set to sign a new deal, thought to be a two year deal.
A hard-hitting, powerful ball carrier, his time at Sarries has seen him develop from a promising youngster to a top class Premiership player.
The 29-year-old burst on to the scene during the 2010/11 season following a loan spell at Bedford Blues, and became a mainstay from the 2013/14 campaign.
Consistent outstanding displays across several terms saw Wray named in the Premiership Rugby Team of the Year in the season he helped the Men in Black retain the European Cup and the following year he won the club’s Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Season awards.
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