Hopper signs new deal with Quins

Date published: January 14 2015

Harlequins have followed up the extension of Luke Wallace by getting Matt Hopper to sign a new deal at the club.

Back rower Wallace signed a new deal on Tuesday, and Hopper followed in his footsteps with a contract that ties him to the club until 2017.

The 29-year-old centre joined Quins from Cornish Pirates in 2011, making an immediate impression as Harlequins won their maiden Aviva Premiership title.

His performances were rewarded with a call-up to the England Saxons, and Hopper revealed it was an easy decision to stay put.

“I’m absolutely delighted to re-sign with Harlequins,” said Hopper.

“It really was a clear cut decision for me. Personally, my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed moving to this club and it is definitely where I feel I belong at this time in my rugby career.

“The style of rugby, enthusiasm of the boys and coaching staff on a daily basis and the success I have been fortunate enough to be a part of over the past four years were the drawing factors for me to stay.

“My rugby has continued to grow throughout my time here and I look forward to battling it out with the other centres over the coming seasons.”

Centre has been a problem position for Quins over the last few seasons, with Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe both struggling with injuries, so director of rugby Conor O’Shea was pleased to have secured Hopper’s services going forward.

“Matt is a warrior; rugby is a physical game and Matt allies a huge amount of skill to that fighting quality you need to succeed at this level,” said O’Shea.

“We are delighted Matt has committed to us and we look forward to watching him continue to develop.”