Northampton have announced four significant contract renewals, with Ben Foden, Christian Day, Mikey Haywood and Jamie Elliott re-signing.
Foden and Day have been important figures in the most consistent run of success in the Saints' history. Both players, who arrived at the same time in the summer of 2008, have won the Aviva Premiership title, lifted multiple Challenge Cup trophies and brought home the LV= Cup, as well as played in a Heineken Cup final.
Foden – who has played 174 times for the Saints, scored 46 tries and won 34 England caps – has been back to his best at full-back so far this season, while Day – who is also a respected figure in his role as chairman of the Rugby Players' Association – is regarded as one of the best line-out exponents in the country. The second-row has played 175 times for the first team.
Haywood and Elliott, the two other players to renew their commitment to the club, have both come through the Saints Academy system to become established first teamers in their own right and pass the coveted 100-appearance mark in black, green and gold.
With both players still in the relatively early stages of their career – Haywood is 24 years old, Elliott 23 – director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes that they can be at the heart of the club's squad for years to come.
"Having players like Mikey and Jamie come through the Academy system to become important members of the first team squad is very pleasing, and a good indicator of the outstanding work that is being done by our coaches across the region," he said.
"They have shown time and again that they have the quality to succeed at the highest level, and we're looking forward to seeing them develop even further over the next few years.
"Meanwhile we're also delighted that Ben and Christian have also signed new contracts to stay at Franklin's Gardens. As two of our most experienced players they help set the standards for others, both on and off the field, and they have played important roles in our recent successes."