Northmore impresses in first season to secure new Quins deal

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 @ 11:00

After a strong start to his time at the Club, Harlequins is pleased to confirm that Luke Northmore has extended his contract.

The centre joined Quins from Cardiff Metropolitan University ahead of the current 2019/20 season, following teammate Alex Dombrandt in signing for Harlequins from the Welsh university side.

The 22-year-old has made three senior appearances for Harlequins, making his debut off the bench against Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup, before picking up an injury.

Since returning from injury, Northmore has played three Premiership Rugby Shield matches for the Club before back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup games against Bath and ASM Clermont Auvergne; scoring his first try against the French side at The Stoop.

Unfortunately, Northmore sustained an ankle injury against Clermont and is set for around six weeks on the sidelines but is eager to return and fight for his place in the squad again.

Northmore said: “I’m enjoying every second of being a Harlequins player. I, of course, noticed a big step up from University rugby to the professional game which has taken some time to adjust to, but I feel that I am settling in well.

“I just need to focus now on getting back to full fitness and bringing myself back to the form I have been in over the last couple of weeks. Scoring my first try for the Club, at The Stoop, in the Heineken Champions Cup was a feeling like no other, and I want to experience that feeling again of scoring in front of our incredible fans.

“The Club has given me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams and I couldn’t imagine playing rugby anywhere else. Here, I am working with some of the best coaches and players in the game who are helping me develop my game both sides of the ball. Quins have built strong foundations and a brilliant environment, so I am very excited to be continuing my journey as a Quin.”

Head of Rugby, Paul Gustard added: “We have been really impressed with Luke in the short time he has been at the Club. He has had a frustrating time with injury this season, but we recognised early on his ability was better than the potential we saw at university and made a decision early to extend.

“The key to succeeding in this sport is turning up with the right attitude and applying it on and off the pitch; which is exactly what Luke has done. He’s settled in quickly, built a strong rapport with the squad and has some undoubted game breaking ability that is a great skill to have to make his mark in the professional game.

“He runs beautiful lines in attack with real intent and his defensive understanding has improved as the season has progressed. The future is bright for Luke and I am delighted he has agreed to extend his time with us.”

Northmore joins teammates Joe Marchant, Will Collier and Alex Dombrandt in announcing the renewal of his contract, heading into the 2020-21 season.

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