Aviva Premiership
Mallinder re-signs with the Saints
ESPN Staff
May 17, 2012
Jim Mallinder on re-signing with Northampton

Northampton Saints have announced that their director of rugby Jim Mallinder has penned a new deal that will keep him at Franklin's Gardens until 2015.

In the last five years, Mallinder has taken the Saints from the Championship to the Heineken Cup final with European Challenge Cup success in 2009 and scooping the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2010. Mallinder was strongly linked with the England job in the aftermath of Martin Johnson's departure but he did not apply for the post.

With the Saints falling out of the Aviva Premiership play-offs to Harlequins last weekend, Mallinder will look to go one better next season though he will have to do it without England flyer Chris Ashton who has opted to move to Saracens.

For Saints chairman Leon Barwell stability in the backroom staff is essential for his side's progression. "Jim signing his new contract is terrific news for the club and underpins our aspirations for the future," Barwell said. "As we see so often in sports across the world having continuity of management is crucial in a club's long-term success, and this is exactly what Jim brings to the Saints.

"You cannot overstate how important he has been to the rejuvenation of the team, which then has a massive part to play in everything else we do at the club. He is a first class coach, one of the best in England, and a terrific guy to have at the club.

Mallinder was delighted in penning a new deal and has set his sights on winning silverware.

"I'm very happy at Northampton Saints," Mallinder said. "We also have a talented group of coaches and support staff which is among the best in the league. We all want the club to improve year on year and are committed to working together to achieve that.

"We have come a long way in a short period of time, but I know that there is more to come in the future. We have won silverware and played in some massive occasions, and this is where I know we can compete year in, year out, and regularly bring major trophies to the club."

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