Ashley Johnson signs contract extension with Wasps
Last Updated: 13/11/17 4:41pm
Versatile forward Ashley Johnson has signed a contract extension to extend his stay at Wasps.
The 31-year-old South African, who joined Wasps from Free State Cheetahs in 2012, is in his sixth season at Wasps and will make his 150th appearance for the club on Saturday when they host Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena.
Speaking after signing his new deal, Johnson said: "It has been a real honour to represent Wasps for the past six years. It is a massive privilege to have re-signed with the club.
"I have been at Wasps from the start of this new journey in Coventry and I want to be a part of continuing that journey with the club."
Johnson, who has three caps for the Springboks, has established himself as a key player at Wasps, scoring 35 tries during his time at the club.
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young values Johnson's leadership and team-first attitude, as well as his versatility.
Young said: "It's fantastic that Ash is extending his stay at Wasps. He is a real team man and plays an important part in our leadership group.
"His versatility to play at hooker or in the back row has obviously been a huge plus for us and he has really helped us when injuries have hit both positions.
"Perhaps even more valuable to the squad is his character and the way he approaches each game. You can rely on Ash 100 per cent to give everything he has on the pitch and he will always put the squad's success first.
"The impact he makes for us whether starting or coming off the bench is really positive and we are delighted that he is keen to continue his development as part of this squad, as we all look to progress and improve."