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Nottingham duo of Shaw and Calladine sign new deals

NOTTINGHAM back-row forwards Alex Shaw and Tom Calladine have signed contract extensions with the Meadow Lane club.

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DOUBLE ACT: Nottingham back-row forwards Alex Shaw and Tom Calladine (inset) have done new deals with the Meadow Lane club. PICS: Steve Galloway.

Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag said he is delighted that the pair have agreed new deals ahead of the club's historic first play-off semi-final campaign against Bedford, starting with the away leg at Goldington Road on Saturday (May 4, 3pm kick-off).

Shaw, 26, has been ever-present for the RFU Championship high-flyers this season, starting 25 matches and scoring eight tries in all competitions.

Calladine, 23, who signed his first professional contract with the club at the start of the campaign, has been a revelation since returning from a spell with Linwood in the powerful Canterbury Metropolitan competition in New Zealand last summer.

So much so, that the Mansfield product captained Nottingham in the final regular season fixture against Leeds after also skippering the side for the British and Irish Cup quarter final at Newcastle.

"They have both done an extremely good job this season," Haag said.

"You only need to look at Tom captaining the side a few times in the last couple of weeks to see that he has done a great job for us.

"Alex started really well and has continued that throughout the season. I hope to see more of the same in the play-offs and moving forward."

Shaw, who has made 84 appearances since joining Nottingham from Sale in 2010, said: "I've been here for three years and it was an easy decision for me to make once I found out that Martin had signed for another two years.

"I've really enjoyed working with him this year and getting the opportunity to do it for another year was a big factor in staying.

"It is exciting times at Nottingham and this will be the first time I've featured in play-off semi-finals with the club. One thing that Martin has brought in this season is making sure we concentrate on things week-to-week. That is everyone's ethos right now, even though we all understand what is up for grabs at the end of the play-offs."

Calladine, who has made his name as an impact player with 18 substitute appearances and four starts in the league this season, said: "It's been a very rewarding season and a very big learning curve for me.

"Coming towards the play-offs I'm really happy to know that I'll be involved next season, and who knows that could be up there in the Premiership.

"This is the obvious place to want to be with Martin Haag drawing more people to the club. He is a top-flight coach who has taken a Nottingham side with very few big names, just a small and tight squad, so far in a short period of time."


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