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Malzieu inks Clermont extension

02nd January 2014 14:16

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New deal: Julien Malzieu

France wing Julien Malzieu has put pen to paper on a new deal with Top14 side Clermont through to 2016, it was announced on Thursday.

Malzieu's contract also carries the option of a further one-year extension, after the wing recovered from calf and Achilles tendon problems in late November to bag three tries in his last four matches.

"We've been following with interest Julien's return from a long injury," said backs coach Franck Azema.

"He has managed to convince us of his desire to go forward and rediscover his best form with Clermont."

The 30-year-old was also pleased to be staying put, revealing a contract extension was his first choice.

"I'm happy to continue my career with Clermont. It was my first choice and I cannot help but be satisfied," said Malzieu.

Malzieu's signature adds to the growing list of extensions recently negotiated by the Clermont management.

French internationals Thomas Domingo, Julien Pierre, and Damien Chouly have all penned new deals, alongside Georgian tighthead Davit Zirakashvili, veteran Canada second-row Jamie Cudmore, Portugese back-row Julien Bardy and Australian pivot Brock James.

That list adds to the side's new acquisitions for next season; chief among which sit Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies and hulking second-row prodigy Sebastien Vahaamahina.

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