Saints re-sign forward Manoa
February 15, 2012
Samu Manoa gets stuck in against the Scarlets © Getty Images
Northampton Saints have announced that forward Samu Manoa has signed a new three-year deal.
The Franklin's Gardens side signed Manoa over the summer but after impressing, Saints boss Jim Mallinder has opted to secure the USA Eagles international on a long-term deal.
Mallinder claims he has been delighted with how Manoa has fitted in at Franklin's Gardens and says he is looking forward to watching Manoa develop his game. "Samu has adjusted to the professional game well and is starting to make his mark in Aviva Premiership Rugby," Mallinder said. "He is a natural athlete and has all the skills and physical attributes to be a good player.
"But he is just at the start of his professional career and there is more to come as he gets more game time and experience. So we are very happy that he has decided to sign a new three-year deal with us and look forward to seeing his development as a Saints player."
The 26-year-old - who can play at both lock and in the back-row - has already made 23 appearances for the Saints and he says he is loving life at Northampton.
"I'm blessed to have been able to sign for another three years with the Saints," Manoa said. "I'm very happy to be here. The club's been great to me and my family so that's why I decided to stay here and sign this contract.
"Coming from the Super League in the States and jumping straight into the pros was big for me at the time. I've been learning a lot and at this stage I'm pleased with how I've been playing. Every single game I've played in has been a highlight for me, and knowing I'll be here for three more years is a good feeling for me and my family."
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