Wasps have been handed a boost with the news that star second-row Joe Launchbury has signed a new three-year deal at the club.
Wasps have been handed a massive boost with the news that star second-row Joe Launchbury has signed a new three-year deal at the club.
The 23-year-old has been Wasps’ top priority this season but was believed to be a transfer target of Saracens, who had already signed Billy Vunipola from the club 18 months ago.
However Launchbury has decided to stick with Dai Young’s team, who are preparing for their move to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in December, and the lock admits the new stadium and training facilities played a part in his decision, as was the influence of his Welsh director of rugby.
“I love this club, I have huge respect for the players and coaches, and continuing to work with Dai Young was a huge factor in my decision,” he said.
“He is so knowledgeable about the game and I feel I have learnt so much from him. I am also excited to continue to play with this talented group of players and feel we are developing a team which we can all be proud of.
“Since I have been at Wasps, we as a club have searched for our own home and to have finally secured that permanent home is massive for Wasps.
“It has proved the ambition Derek Richardson and the club have to re-establish ourselves as one of Europe’s most successful clubs and I am looking forward to our first game at the Ricoh Arena on 21st December against London Irish.
“When I saw the plans for our new training base I was blown away by the standard of facilities Wasps players will have access to on a daily basis. This is very much an environment and culture I believe in and I want to be part of it going forward.”
Young was clearly delighted by the decision, which gives him the chance to really build on a promising start to the season by Wasps, who currently sit fifth in the Aviva Premiership
“I am over the moon that Joe has decided to stay at Wasps and it is a significant reflection of the positive direction the club is moving in that we have retained a player of his calibre and reputation within the world game,” added Young.
“Joe truly believes this is the club where he will continue to grow as a player and fulfil his international ambitions.
“I’m not daft, I know how sought after Joe is in world rugby and imagine he will have had clubs lining up to talk to him about possibly joining them.
“It’s not simply Joe’s talent which marks him out as a world class player, it is also his attitude and commitment to the team.”