JACKSON Wray has signed an extended contract with Premiership giants Saracens.
The 22-year-old former King John School pupil has been a regular member of the Sarries side this season.
And his fine form has now been rewarded with a new deal.
“As a young player you want to be playing at a top club with a great environment,” said Wray, who played for Westcliff during his youth.
“For me Saracens is the place to be. And I’m delighted to be staying for longer.”
Wray, who has represented England at under 16 and 20 level, worked his way through the youth system at Saracens.
“And he has now played 25 times for the first team.
Sixteen of those appearances have come this season as Wray has played a prominent part in helping the side surge up to second in the standings, behind league leaders Harlequins.
Wray’s displays have also impressed the club’s director of rugby Mark McCall.
And he is delighted Wray has agreed to extend his spell with Sarries.
“Jackson has the potential to become a top quality backrow forward, and he is fast realising that potential,” said Wray.
“We are very pleased to have agreed a new deal with him.”
The club would not reveal how long Wray’s latest contract was for.
But Wray will remain in the squad for Sunday’s crunch clash against third placed Northampton Saints.