O'Shea signs new Harlequins deal
February 1, 2012
Conor O'Shea has signed a new deal with Harlequins © Getty Images
Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins have retained director of rugby Conor O'Shea until at least the end of the 2013-14 season.
O'Shea has led Harlequins to the summit of the Premiership table and within a whisker of the Heineken Cup quarter-finals. And he is joined by head coach John Kingston and skills coach Collin Osborne in signing new deals with the Twickenham Stoop side. They follow in the footsteps of Tony Diprose in committing their respective futures to the Premiership club.
And O'Shea is relishing the chance to continue the work he has begun at the Stoop. "I am delighted to have re-signed with the club." O'Shea commented. "This is an exciting time to be part of Harlequins. Our talented squad is developing in the right direction and I cannot thank the players, coaching team and support staff enough for how they have made my role so enjoyable. Our aim is to continue to develop and play the game in the way we believe it should be and to bring the success to the supporters that they deserve.
"It is also important to recognise the great contribution made by John and Collin over the years. Since my arrival at Quins, I've benefitted from the exceptional legacy that they, along with Tony and others have helped to create, and we are looking forward to continuing to work together over the coming seasons."
Harlequins' chief executive Dave Ellis paid tribute to the trio saying: "I am delighted that Conor, John and Collin have renewed their contracts with Harlequins. All three provide a wealth of knowledge and experience for the club. I, like all our supporters, look forward to seeing our squad continue to grow and develop under the expert guidance of our talented coaching staff."
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