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Quins bumper day as six sign on

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 24/04/07 2:05pm

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Harlequins have made a triple signing for next season as they look to build on a fine first campaign back in the Guinness Premiership.

Quins narrowly missed out on a Heineken Cup spot for next season, but relegation was rarely a worry on their return to the big time.

Now boss Dean Richards has added Chris Brooker, James Percival and Phil Davies to his squad for next season, as well as securing three contract extensions.

Ceri Jones, Mark Lambert and Aston Croall have all penned new deals, joining the likes of Nick Easter, David Strettle and Jordan Turner-Hall in committing their futures to the club.

"To have retained the services of so many key players from the current season bodes well for the future of Quins," said Richards.

"We're building a squad that has good competition for places and strength in-depth, as well as containing a number of the most exciting young English qualified players in the game."

Commenting on his three new signings, Richards said: "I'm delighted to have secured the services of these three players.

"The likes of Ollie Kohn, Will Skinner, Danny Care and David Strettle were relatively unknown when they joined us last summer, but their excellent performances this season have now made them key figures within the team.

"I'm confident that these new additions to the squad can make a similar contribution."

Brooker arrives from Bath, having played his part in the England Under 21 Grand Slam-winning side of 2006.

Percival is three years his senior at 23 years of age, and he joins from Northampton having won an under 21 Grand Slam of his own in 2004.

Davies is a former Quins Academy member, and he returns to the Stoop after spells at Sale Sharks and French club Bayonne.

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