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McCall swoops to extend Farrell's stay at Saracens

By Staff Reporter

Ulsterman Mark McCall has expressed his delight at signing Owen Farrell on a long-term contract extension at Saracens.

Farrell, 23, has clocked up more than 100 appearances for McCall's side since making his debut in 2008.

Saracens director of rugby McCall said: "Owen is one of the leading players in Europe, if not the world, so for him to commit his long-term future to the club is fantastic news.

"He is another who has progressed through the ranks at Saracens to become a key player for club and country.

"He is a Saracen through and through, and his hunger and drive to keep on improving is exceptional."

Farrell made his comeback from a knee injury in last Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final defeat against Clermont Auvergne. He had been sidelined since January.

Farrell missed England's entire RBS 6 Nations campaign as a result of his injury.

Farrell is set to be an integral part of England's World Cup campaign later this year, though, with a proven track record at Test level and as an established goalkicker.

He said: "I'm chuffed (to have signed). I have loved every minute that I've had at Saracens, and how we've been going over the last few years.

"Hopefully we can continue to get better and better.

"I owe a lot to this club, in terms of how I have improved as a player and how I've done in my career. Hopefully I've given as much to the club in return.

"I am really looking forward to ripping into the rest of the season and the years ahead."

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