Matt Symons Signs New Harlequins Deal

Matt Symons Signs New Harlequins Deal

Premiership side Harlequins have announced that second-row Matt Symons has signed a new deal to keep him at the Twickenham Stoop.

The 30-year-old, who has made 36 appearances for Quins since signing from Wasps ahead of the 2018/19 season, has established himself as a powerful, commanding second-row and a regular in the Harlequins side.

Before playing in the Premiership, the former rower enjoyed a spell in New Zealand playing Super Rugby for two-time champions Chiefs, making 28 appearances in the 2014/15 season.

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Symons returned to his home nation in 2015, signing for London Irish before making the move to former London rivals Wasps ahead of joining Harlequins in 2018.

Stating his excitement at renewing his contract at Harlequins, Symons said: “I am loving my time here at Harlequins; it’s been a brilliant two years playing with some great people so it was an easy decision to extend my time at the club, after chatting to Gussy (Paul Gustard) and seeing the direction we are heading.

“I am still learning every day here at Quins from having such a great coaching group and it’s clear that we have the capacity and hunger in this side to compete at the highest level, which is testament to the environment created at the training ground day-in-day-out.” ADVERTISING

Head of rugby Gustard added: “Matt is such an important character and key player for this squad. He is an international lock in all but name and sets a real intensity to our performances. He has high standards of himself and others and consistently takes himself to the well in training and games to improve and drive performance.

“Symmo has long since established himself as one of the most consistent and destructive locks in the league and on the pitch he offers a loud, commanding presence with his ability to carry hard, stop momentum with his defence and his incredible energy in our maul defence. His quiet demeanour off the field belies the competitor on it based on a phenomenal work ethic and desire to win.

“His re-signing is a critical retention in our desire to be a consistent force in the coming years. We are delighted that Matt and his young family will continue their journey with the Club, a view I am sure will be shared widely by our supporters.”

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