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Itoje becomes latest Saracens star to extend contract

Maro Itoje has become the latest Saracens star to sign a new contract despite their impending Premiership relegation.

England lock Itoje, 25, joined Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Elliot Daly, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola by committing his future to the club, though the length of the deal was not disclosed by the reigning European champions.

Sarries will spend the 2020-21 campaign in the Championship after being relegated due to salary cap breaches, but they will still retain a wealth of talent in their squad.

“I’m massively excited to be a part of this club. I’ve been part of Saracens since I was 14 years old, and we’ve had some great memories,” said Itoje.

“The culture at Saracens is second to none and I think that’s evident for everyone to see.

“I’m really looking forward to the future; the future is going to be brighter than our past. The future is in our hands and we have the power to shape our own destiny.”

Director of rugby Mark McCall said: “From his early days in our academy, to being part of the club’s biggest moments, Maro has been a vital member of the Saracens project and we are thrilled he is committing to Saracens.

“On and off the field, Maro is a diligent, professional and thoughtful individual, who sets the example of what it means to use every opportunity you are given to improve.

“At 25, it is very exciting to think where he can take his game, this team and our club in the future.”

The British and Irish Lion, who was named European player of the year in 2016, has made 119 appearances for Saracens since making his debut in 2014.

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