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Ben Foden among Northampton Saints quartet to pen new deals

England international back Ben Foden is among four players to agree new contracts with Aviva Premiership club Northampton.

The Saints announced that Foden, wing Jamie Elliott, hooker Mike Haywood and lock Christian Day have renewed terms at Franklin's Gardens.

Foden, who has won 34 England caps, and Day both joined Northampton in 2008, while Elliott and Haywood graduated to first-team recognition via Northampton's academy system.

"Having players like Mikey and Jamie come through the academy system to become important members of the first team squad is very pleasing, and a good indicator of the outstanding work that is being done by our coaches across the region," Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder said.

" "They have shown time and again that they have the quality to succeed at the highest level, and we're looking forward to seeing them develop even further over the next few years.

" Meanwhile, we are also delighted that Ben and Christian have also signed new contracts to stay at Franklin's Gardens.

"As two of our most experienced players they help set the standards for others, both on and off the field, and they have played important roles in our recent successes."


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