Wilkinson to remain at Toulon
December 16, 2011
Jonny Wilkinson has signed a new deal with Toulon © Getty Images
Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has agreed a one-year contract extension with Top 14 Orange high-flyers Toulon.
The 32-year-old playmaker announced his retirement from international rugby on Monday, having scored 1179 points across 91 caps for England.
A statement on Toulon's official website read: "After having taken the decision to stop his international career with England, Jonny Wilkinson has taken another important decision. Jonny Wilkinson has officially extended his contract with Rugby Club Toulonnais for an extra season.
"Until now, Wilkinson had a contract until the end of this season, with an option to extend it by another season. This option has been exercised, which means 'Wilko' will be back in the Red and Black in 2013."
Wilkinson moved to the south of France in 2009 from long-time club Newcastle and he has now chosen to exercise the optional final year on his contract, which will see him remain at the Stade Mayol until the end of the 2012-13 season.
"For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon, and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me," he said when confirming his Test retirement.
The former British & Irish Lion was back in the saddle for his club side - who sit third in the league - as they saw off Agen in midweek, kicking four penalties in a 34-12 success, and will line up against Newcastle in an Amlin Challenge Cup Pool game on Saturday.
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