Brown agrees Harlequins extension


England full-back Mike Brown has committed his future to Harlequins after signing a long-term deal with the Premiership club.

Brown - who revealed his trust in the England squad was "completely shot" on Tuesday - has risen through the ranks at Harlequins since arriving in 2002, making 248 appearances for the club.

His performances for Quins earned him an international call-up in 2007, and he has gone on to win 43 caps - including four at the recent Rugby World Cup.

"I am delighted to sign a new contract with Harlequins," he told the club's official website. "I believe we have some exciting times ahead of us with the new guys coming into the club this season and the young talent coming through from the academy. 

"I feel we can compete at the highest level and push for silverware. Over the coming years I will be playing at my peak. 

"I feel fit, strong and with the experience I have gained by playing international rugby, it will give me every opportunity to achieve the personal goals I have set for myself to win trophies for Quins, continue to play for England and hopefully be part of the 2017 Lions Tour."

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea hailed the news that Brown had agreed to extend his stay with the 2011-12 Premiership winners.

He said: "Mike is the epitome of what Harlequins stands for; he has come through our academy and become one of the great full-backs of world rugby.

"I have watched him grow and become the bedrock for whatever team he plays for. He maintains the highest of standards off the pitch and will play at the highest level for many years as a result of that. 

"We are all delighted he wants to commit to his only club for what will be, in all likelihood, the remainder of his career."