Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden agrees two-year deal

Ben Foden
Foden scored tries against Romania and France at the World Cup in New Zealand

Northampton's England full-back Ben Foden has agreed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2014.

The 26-year-old joined Saints from Sale in 2008 and has gone on to be a regular starter for both last season's Heineken Cup finalists and England.

"I've seen the club climb and achieve bigger things with every season - this is where I want to be," said Foden.

"There are great things in the future of the club and hopefully I can be a part of that."

Foden who played in all of England's World Cup games in New Zealand, scoring two tries, added: "We've strengthened the squad during the summer.

"We're a young squad and have got better and better each year, which shows where the team is climbing to under the direction of Jim [Mallinder], Dorian [West] and Paul [Grayson].

"We achieved some great things last year and reached a major final, although we came up just short. But I'm excited to be here and I'm looking forward to a long future here."

Foden helped England to secure the Six Nations title in 2011, having also won European Challenge Cup, LV= Cup and, with Sale, Premiership medals.

"Although Ben has developed enormously since coming to Franklin's Gardens, we believe that the best is still to come," said Saints director of rugby Mallinder.

"He is a level-headed young man who has repeatedly shown his commitment to the team and to the club, both on and off the field.

"He is a tremendous attacker with ball in hand, but is also an excellent defender.

"He is the type of player who I am sure many coaches in Europe would like in their teams, and we are certainly very happy that he has decided that his future lies at Franklin's Gardens."

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