NEC Harlequins are delighted to announce that Andy Gomarsall has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at the Club until June 2009.
Having left Worcester Warriors last summer, the 32 year-old scrum half joined Quins back in September and made his debut in the EDF Energy Cup tie away at Llanelli Scarlets (1st October 2006). Gomarsall made 20 appearances in total for Quins this season, scoring tries in both the Guinness Premiership victories over Northampton Saints (4th November 2006 and 17th February 2007).
Gomarsall has won 23 caps for England to date, having made his international debut against Italy in 1996. He was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2003, scoring two tries in the 111-13 victory over Uruguay in the group stages.
"Quins is a great Club with a fantastic set-up and very passionate supporters, so I'm absolutely delighted to have signed for another two years; I'm looking forward to being part of a bright future at Quins," said Gomarsall. "I've really enjoyed my first season and I'm very grateful to Dean for bringing me into the Club and giving me the opportunity to continue my playing career."
"Andy's skill and experience in such a key position within the team is exactly what you need in the Premiership, so to have secured his services for the next two years is great news for the Club," said Dean Richards, NEC Harlequins Director of Rugby. "His performances have played a big part in our achievements from this campaign and he'll be a key figure as we look to build on this next season."
In addition to Gomarsall, Quins have also retained the services of England Sevens internationals Charlie Amesbury (21 years-old) and Tom Williams (23 years-old), who have signed new contracts that will keep them at the Club until June 2008 and June 2009 respectively.
Furthermore, 20 year-old Academy fly half Seb Jewell, who produced two Man-of-the-Match performances representing England Under 20s in the Six Nations earlier this year, has also signed a new deal that will keep him at Quins next season.
"To have retained the services of these promising young English players is great news and bodes well for the future of Quins," said Richards. "Once again it highlights our intention to a build a squad of predominately English qualified players and I believe these three all have big futures in the game."
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.