Following their victories over Newcastle Falcons and Bath in the Guinness Premiership, NEC Harlequins have received a further boost at the start of 2007 with the news that Nick Easter, David Strettle and Jordan Turner-Hall have all signed new contracts.
Easter has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Quins until June 2009, with winger Strettle and centre Turner-Hall both committing themselves to the club until at least June 2010.
For his efforts over the 2004/05 season, Easter was named 'NEC Player of the Year'; an award he also won at the end of the 2005/06 campaign, having scored 19 tries during the season and played a big part in helping to secure Quins promotion back to the Guinness Premiership. Last week, Easter was named in the England Saxons squad for the matches against Italy A and Ireland A next month.
23 year-old Strettle joined Quins from Rotherham last summer and has scored six tries in the Premiership so far this season, including a hat-trick in the victory over Newcastle on New Years Day. He was a regular in the England Sevens squad throughout the 2005/06 season and also played in the Dubai leg of this seasons IRB World Sevens Series held last month. Like Easter, Strettle was also named in the England Saxons squad last week.
Having represented England at Under 16, 18 and 19 levels in addition to being a member of the first Junior National Academy in 2004, Turner-Hall made his First XV debut for Quins last season at the age of 17. He was a key figure in helping Quins to record five consecutive victories across the European Challenge Cup and Guinness Premiership back in October and November last year.
"All three players have had a big part to play in the team so far this season, so it's fantastic to have secured their services for the foreseeable future," said Dean Richards, NEC Harlequins Director of Rugby.
"Nick has been outstanding for us in the back row and did an excellent job of captaining the team when Paul Volley was injured earlier in the season. Jordan and David have showed exactly why the yougsters are held in such high regard here at Quins. We believe that they both have big futures in the game and will be key figures in the squad both for the remainder of this campaign and beyond."
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.