Harlequins have announced on Friday that Dave Ward has committed his long-term future to the club.
On confirming the news, the 31 year-old said: “When John [Kingston] first approached me about extending my time at Harlequins it was a no brainer for me. This club has become home and I love it.
"Harlequins is really ambitious, and so am I. To be able to continue to work with this coaching set up, and the players within the group, fills me with excitement.
“We know we haven’t performed to where we want to recently, but we have great potential. With the talent we have here, alongside this knowledgeable coaching team I know Harlequins is the right place to be going forward.”
Joining the club in 2012, Ward has become an instrumental member of the squad in his 115 senior appearances. It was during the 2013/14 season that the former Bath, Northampton Saints and Sale Sharks man rose to fame with his electric form.
Claiming five man of the match awards, and becoming the pioneer of countless turnovers, he was named the 2013/14 Players’ Player of the Season.His efforts were rewarded by being named in Stuart Lancaster’s England squad for the 2014 tour of New Zealand, playing in the midweek win over the Crusaders.
In May 2015, the current Guildford RFC head coach was named in the Barbarians side to face England at Twickenham Stadium.
In recent seasons Ward has shown his excellent versatility, seamlessly transitioning between the roles of hooker and openside flanker.His leadership qualities have also come to the fore this season captaining Harlequins in the Premiership, and to the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Commenting on the news, Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: “I am absolutely delighted that Dave has significantly extended his length of contract with Harlequins.
“I have been identifying key personnel in driving the Club forward over the coming period and he very much falls into that category.
“Dave is flexible in that he can play both hooker and back row, but in addition to that, he is also a magnificent leader who sets a shining example to others, driving a hugely positive environment with his professionalism in all aspects of work at Harlequins."