Harlequins has announced that second-row George Merrick has re-signed for the club.
Joining the Harlequins Academy in 2011 from Whitgift College, George was part of the England under-20s squad that won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2012, in the same year, he represented England in South Africa during the Junior World Cup.
Having made his Harlequins debut in the 2013 London Double Header, the big second-row has gone on to make 43 appearances for Harlequins, scoring two tries.
Confirming the news, Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston said: “I am delighted that George has signed a contract extension, committing his long-term future to the club,” He told the Harlequins website.
“He is another outstanding product of our Academy and I have no doubt that with a continued progression under the shrewd guidance of our excellent coaching group, he can go on to international honours in the not too distant future.”
Commenting on the announcement, Merrick added: “I’m really excited and thankful that Harlequins has given me the opportunity to stay. This is a great opportunity for me to learn under the guidance of Nick Easter and Graham Rowntree.
“John Kingston is doing a great job at the club and I want to help him and the squad reach their goals in the near future.
“Harlequins has always been a home for me, I have been here since I was 14 and I have grown up with many of the lads including Jack Clifford and Kyle Sinckler, I’m really excited to continue being a part of this squad.”