Dickson commits to Saints
Highly-rated scrum-half agrees new deal
Last Updated: January 12, 2010 7:27am
Dickson: New deal
Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson has been rewarded for an impressive run of form with a new deal at Franklin's Gardens.
"Northampton is a big club that is going places. That's why I signed in the first place and why I signed a renewal."
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Dickson has made 50 appearances for the Saints since joining from Newcastle in 2008 - with the 24-year-old featuring in all bar one of Northampton's games this season.
And Dickson, who has played for England Saxons and Under-21s, believes the future is bright at the club.
"I'm the most settled I've ever felt in my career," Dickson told the club's official site.
"The coaches have worked very hard to put a decent squad together and at the moment we're going okay.
"Northampton is a big club that is going places. That's why I signed in the first place and why I signed a renewal.
"The Saints as a club has exceeded my expectations. I knew it was a great club from my old coaches John Fletcher and Peter Walton, who had both played here, but it has more than lived up to that. It is a great town and a great fan base. Everything is rugby orientated and it's a great place to be at the moment.
"I don't want to get carried away, but the squad has belief and we can achieve what we want to if we put our mind to it. I want to be a part of something special here and play as well as I can."
Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has been impressed with the impact Dickson has made - but insists there is more still to come from the No.9.
"Lee has been able to adapt to whichever fly-half we have paired him with and he has an excellent relationship with the forwards," he said.
"His game management is good and he lets players around him know what he needs them to do.
"But as a young player Lee still has a lot to learn and he works hard with the coaches on developing his all-round skills.
"We think that there is plenty of improvement still to come from him and are very happy that he will be part of the squad for the next few years."