England prop Marler extends Quins deal


England prop Joe Marler has reaffirmed his commitment to Harlequins by signing a new contract with the Premiership club.

The 25-year-old broke into Quins' first-team in 2010 and has been a mainstay of their front row in recent seasons.

Marler says that a difficult 2014-15 campaign made him ponder his future at the Stoop, but that his love for Quins convinced him to stay.

"After a tough 2014-15 season, both personally and as a team, I took some time to think about my future," he told Quins' official website.

"It quickly dawned on me that this is exactly where I want to be; being part of a team is not just about winning.

"I'm a Quin and I love everything about the club. I'm excited for every time I put on the famous quartered shirt and represent this team."

Marler has 37 England caps to his name since making his Test debut against South Africa in Durban in June 2012.

Last week, Marler was named in new England head coach Eddie Jones' first elite squad for the Six Nations.

Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea added: "I am staggered that Joe is still only 25. He already has a wealth of experience and when he develops into the player he can be, I have no doubt he will become one of the great loosehead props in world rugby.

"This is a massive re-signing for us and I'm sure everyone associated with Harlequins will be delighted."