Nottingham Rugby captain Brent Wilson has signed a
two-year contract extension with the RFU Championship
The flanker, 31, moved to Meadow Lane on an 18 month deal in
November 2011 after five years and more than 100 games in the top
flight with Newcastle. The new agreement will see him remain at the
club until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Wilson (pictured) stepped up as skipper of the Green and
Whites this season following the departure of long-serving captain
Craig Hammond. He has thrived in the role, scoring six tries
in 10 league games.
The former New Zealand sevens international said the dream of
being the captain that leads Nottingham to the Premiership was a
major factor in his decision to commit to the Green and Whites.
"I want to play my part in getting us there," Wilson said.
"I'm really enjoying my rugby here, I'm at a good age, my family
is settled and loves it here, so I see Nottingham as a place where
I can play out my career.
"We are going in the right direction as a club and I believe we
can push on to something special."
Nottingham head coach Martin Haag said Wilson's decision to
extend his stay is a major coup for the Green and Whites.
"I'm delighted that Brent has agreed to stay with us at Meadow
Lane, he has done an outstanding job as both a player and leader
for us this season," Haag said.
"We are at a stage that we are looking at the continuity of this
team and creating something to be proud of as a club. Brent is a
big part of that.
"This is not a time to chop and change personnel, and he the sort
of player that you want at the heart of a club.
"There is something big on the horizon for Nottingham and it is
great that that Brent wants to be part of it.
"We have a long way to go yet, but with this signing, and more to
come, we are building on the solid foundations that we have in
"In terms of describing Brent as a player and asset, he fits the
sort of player that we want here at Meadow Lane - he has an
overwhelming desire to win, is incredibly self motivated, leads by
example, is the consummate professional in the way he prepares
himself physically, and is a constant performer under
"We play by core values of honesty, truth, hard work, team spirit,
discipline, and those are things that Brent displays as a rugby
player and person."
Nottingham Rugby chief executive Simon Beatham added: "Things
are obviously going well at the moment and we as a club want to
continue this development. Brent has been a key part of this and
for us to secure Brent for the next two seasons puts a great marker
down for our clearly stated ambition of getting Nottingham Rugby
into the Premiership.
"Over the summer we said that we wanted to redefine our values
as a club and we believe Brent epitomises these.
"These are exciting times for the club, with support,
sponsorship and the team's position reaching new heights. Brent's
signing is just latest step on our journey in getting Nottingham
Rugby up into the Premiership."