Lee Dickson signs new Northampton Saints contract

Lee Dickson
Dickson missed two months of action with a shoulder injury in the new year

Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson has agreed an extension to his current deal, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014.

The 26-year-old, who arrived from Newcastle three years ago, has made 88 Saints appearances, scoring 10 tries.

Although a shoulder injury has restricted him to 17 starts this term.

"It's a great club to be at. The squad and players are brilliant and it's been the best move I've ever made in my career," he told the club website.

"I love playing in front of the Saints fans as well, who whether we win or lose always get behind us.

"This season has been a bit frustrating for me. I like watching rugby, but not when I'm injured and want to be out there, and I'm really appreciating every game that I play.

"I haven't been surprised by how far we've come in the past three years. A special group of guys have been brought together at Franklin's Gardens, and we're growing together all the time."

Dickson has lifted the European Challenge Cup and LV= Cup with Saints, and has two Churchill Cup winner's medals as an England Saxons player.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: "Over the last three years Lee has shown time and again how important he is to the team and I'm delighted that he has decided to sign a new contract, especially as he still had time to run on his last one.

"Lee plays at a consistently high level and demands the best from both himself and the rest of the players around him.

"It takes time to build a team that can compete at the top end of the Premiership and in the later stages of the Heineken Cup on a regular basis.

"We now have a group of players who have been together for a few years already but who are still young enough to keep developing and growing as a team."