Saints secure front row duo
Northampton have announced new contract deals for two of their front rowers, tight-head prop Brian Mujati and hooker Brett Sharman.
By Andy Buist
Last Updated: 13/12/10 11:28am
Top of the table Northampton have announced new contract deals for two of their front rowers, tight-head prop Brian Mujati and hooker Brett Sharman.
In just two seasons Mujati has obviously made a good impression with the Franklin's Gardens crowd, where he receives an affectionate 'Moo for Mooj' cheer whenever he plays.
"I've been made to feel very welcome by everyone at the club and in the town," he said.
"I'm certainly happy to sign on again with the Saints. We have had some success but we're still improving as a squad and I'm sure that there will be more to come in the near future."
Mujati, 26, has donned the black, green and gold shirt 37 times and has scored four tries. He has been a formidable force in the set piece and a major threat in the loose, and has also been an integral part of Mallinder's winning side.
Sharman is another player to have been adopted by the Saints supporters.
In just two seasons at the club, the 23-year-old, who was born in South Africa but qualifies for England, has already clocked up 44 appearances.
Sharman said: "The people at the club have been great and my girlfriend and I are settled in the town, especially now we've bought a house.
"Northampton is a rugby-crazy town which is good to live in and I've made a lot of mates here. It is also one of the best crowds to play in front of. They're behind you every step of the way and it drives you to perform.
"It was a very easy decision to sign again. The club's going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that in the future.
"The coaches have taught me a lot since I've been here and it seems to be paying off now, and hopefully this will continue in the future."
Northampton's director of rugby Jim Mallinder was delighted with the news the duo have extended their stays.
"It is massively important that we have a squad full of quality and Brian and Brett have showed they have what it takes to compete at the top end of the Premiership," he said.
"They have both improved a lot as players over the past year, and their performances reflect the work they have put in off the field. But they are still young men and we believe they have their best years in front of them, and we're delighted that they will be spending them at Franklin's Gardens."