Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have refused to confirm they have clinched the deal to sign talented Welsh winger George North, despite the reports both in Wales and England suggesting that the youngster has decided to switch allegiances from the Scarlets to The Jimmies. The 20 year old has been linked to a cross Severn switch to the English club over the past one and half months and the Wales Rugby Union and the club has already been involved in a war of words over the future of the player.
North is one of the brightest young prospects to come out of the region in the last few years and was a key member of the Welsh side that won the Six Nations Championship in 2012 and 2013. But the Welsh rugby regions have struggling financially over the past couple of seasons and the WRU has accused the Scarlets of trying to make a profit by selling the player off to the Northampton Saints. The WRU has also accused the club of touting him to several high profile clubs all over Europe in order to spark a transfer tug of war.
However, the Welsh club has denied these claims from the WRU and has stated they had offered the player an improved three year deal to keep him at the club and the deal still stands. Since then, the WRU has invited all the four regions to a meeting as they attempt to thrash out a deal that will see players centrally contracted.
But it seems the player will already have signed with the Northampton Saints before the four regions sit down with the WRU for a meeting over securing the long term futures of the talents of the country to improve the game at home.
James Wilson, the full back for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints has signed a new and improved contract that will keep him at the Franklin’s Gardens club for the foreseeable future. The 29 year old player from New Zealand becomes the second player in the last one week to have agreed a new contract with the club after team mate Stephen Myler put pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club on Wednesday.
Wilson arrived at the English club just last summer after spending a year with Bourgoin having spent the majority of his playing career with Southland in the Ranfurly Shield as well as the ITM Cup. And speaking about his new contract with the club, the player stated that to put it in mild words, he is absolutely over the moon. He also stated that he is grateful for Jim Mallinder, the Director of Rugby of the Northampton Saints as well as the other coaching staff for giving him the opportunity to play at the club and having been given the chance to play for a long period with the club from Franklin’s Gardens is absolutely fantastic.
Wilson stated that the team environment is extremely fantastic and he it feels great to be a proud of that environment – adding that each and every player tries to give it his all and the club tries to play a brand of rugby that is beautiful.
Wilson also mentioned that over the next few years, he sees the Northampton Saints getting better and better and in due time, will compete with the cream of the crop. Jim Mallinder also stated that he is delighted to see his star player extend his contract with the club as the club tries to tie down its best players.