Phil Dowson and Ross McMillan sign new contracts with Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints forward Phil Dowson has signed a new contract with the Aviva Premiership club.
Last Updated: 15/03/13 3:17pm
The back rower has made 116 appearances for Saints since joining from Newcastle Falcons in 2009, scoring 21 tries.
The 31-year-old captained the club to LV= Cup glory in 2010 and believes that the best is yet to come at Franklin's Gardens.
"I've become very settled in Northampton since arriving here four years ago," said Dowson. "I've had a great time and made a lot of friends and that's borne out by the fact that I want to stay here.
"It is a factor in making a decision whether to stay or not, if you're settled in a place and happy to live there, but the bigger issues at play are the club as a whole, the management, the playing staff and the ambition and supporter base, which has been unbelievable since I've been here."
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Dowson is an integral player in their squad.
He said: "His levels of consistency and durability, not to mention his experience at all levels of the game, mean that he will be an important player for us as we continue to build a squad we believe can compete at the top end of every competition we play in next season."
Mallinder also revealed that hooker Ross McMillan has extended his stay at the club.
"Ross is the type of player that is good to have in a squad," Mallinder said.
"He always works hard, gives 100 percent in training and in matches, and does not let the side down.
"He's still young in terms of front row and has played well in some of our recent big games, as well as towards the end of last season, and is improving all the time."