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Martin Haag: Decision to stay with Nottingham was easy

NOTTINGHAM head coach Martin Haag says his decision to commit his future the RFU Championship club was a straight forward one.

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HAAG HUGS: Martin Haag says he is excited of what is to come for Nottingham Rugby after penning a contract extension.

Haag has signed a two-year contract extension that will run until the end of the 2014/15 season.

As a player, the former England international prided himself on loyalty, playing more than 300 games for Bath over 14 years.

Haag said some things just don't change after hanging up the boots.

The 44-year-old moved into his first head coaching role in the summer, having worked as a forwards coach at Bristol and Bath before completing his switch to the East Midlands club.

"It was an easy decision to make," Haag said.

"I'm pretty loyal, just look my rugby career and you can see that I've not moved around too often.

"I like it here, like the people - it is a fantastic sporting city."

Haag has guided the Green and Whites to the RFU Championship promotion play-offs and steered the side to the last eight of the British and Irish Cup in his first season in charge.

Nottingham can secure a second or third place finish in the league by taking two points from the next two matches, starting with the Cornish Pirates at Meadow Lane on Sunday (1.15pm kick-off).

Haag said: "It has been an exceptional season so far and the job isn't finished yet.

"There is a lot to play for and anything can happen in the play-offs. We will embrace what is ahead of us and there is a big belief in this squad.

"The club is going in the right direction, it is an exciting time to be at Nottingham Rugby and I want to be part of it.

"I've signed for two years because whatever happens over the next six weeks there is a lot of good coming out of the club at the moment and we have to continue to build over the next couple of years."

Nottingham Rugby chairman Alistair Bow is excited about the future with Haag continuing to lead the way.

"It is another marker that we've set down to show the longer term commitment to the success of this club," Bow said.

"Martin has brought us discipline and structure along with his wealth of experience.

"Also, the style of his rugby and quality of play that he has fostered has been entertaining and has been embraced by the fans.

"When we set out and signed Martin we were always hopeful that it would be a longer term appointment and the board in extremely happy that we will be working together going forward."


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