SOUTHEND Saxons’ director of rugby Josh Ward has signed a new deal at Warners Bridge.

The contract will keep Ward at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season.

And Ward is delighted to be staying with the Saxons.

"It’s nice to be able to commit my future to the club,” said Ward.

“We’ve got a brilliant off field infrastructure now to work from, a thriving partnership with the community group, a committed and loyal group of sponsors such as Paul Robinson and Grey Simmonds and a talented, committed and loyal group of staff and players alike to take us forward on the field.

“I’m excited to see what we can achieve going forward."

Southend are currently fifth in London One North.