July 17, 2020 / 9:22 AM / 24 days ago

England's Itoje signs new deal at relegated Saracens

(Reuters) - Lock Maro Itoje has become the latest England international to commit his future to Saracens despite the team’s relegation to the Championship, the club said on Friday.

Saracens drop into the second tier at the end of the current campaign after being relegated for breaching salary cap rules.

Despite being relegated, several England internationals including skipper Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Elliot Daly and brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola, have confirmed they are staying at Saracens.

"... I'm really looking forward to the future; the future is going to be brighter than our past. The future is in our hands and we have the power to shape our own destiny," Itoje said in a club statement here

Saracens did not disclose the length of the 25-year-old’s new deal.

Itoje, who made his debut for Saracens in 2014, has made 119 appearances and played a part in their three Champions Cup and four Premiership successes.

Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: “From his early days in our academy, to being part of the club’s biggest moments, Maro has been a vital member of the Saracens project and we are thrilled he is committing to Saracens.

“At 25, it’s exciting to think where he can take his game, this team and our club in the future.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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