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Northampton Saints utility back James Wilson signs new deal

Last Updated: 21/02/13 11:39am

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James Wilson: New deal at Northampton Saints

James Wilson: New deal at Northampton Saints

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James Wilson has signed a new contract with Northampton after impressing since arriving at the club from French top-flight side Bourgoin.

The 29-year-old New Zealander, who spent most of his career playing for Southland in the ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield, has featured at full-back and on the wing in competitive matches for Saints this season.

Wilson was keen to commit to Jim Mallinder's side, just a day after Stephen Myler also agreed a new deal.

"I'm very happy and over the moon, to put it lightly," Wilson told the club's official website.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity that Jim and the rest of the coaches have given me and to sign a new deal to stay at Franklin's Gardens is fantastic.

"The team environment has been great to be a part of. Everyone gets along with each other and we try to play a good brand of rugby.

"We're trying to be as good a team as we can and I can see us getting a lot better over the next few years."

Wilson, who also featured at centre during pre-season, admits his versatility has been a positive factor.

"Throughout my career it's been a positive," he added. "It's got me into teams where I may not have otherwise have played.

"Here it's been a positive - I've played at full back and on the wing, and am an option for the coaches in the centre as well. I'm happy to play that role as a utility player."

Director of Rugby Mallinder was also delighted Wilson has chosen to extend his stay in the east midlands.

"We have been impressed by James in his short time at the club," he said.

"He has played well in a number of positions and gives us plenty of flexibility within the squad. He has a strong skill set and understands the game well.

"I'm very happy that he has signed again with us and am sure that he will continue to contribute in the coming seasons."

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