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'I love playing for this club': Danny Care extends Harlequins deal

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Veteran Danny Care has extended his contract at Harlequins, the 35-year-old scrum-half agreeing on terms that will take him through at The Stoop until the end of the 2022/23 season. While it appeared that the half-back was on his way out of the club when Paul Gustard was in charge, Care has taken on a new lease of life since last January’s upheaval.

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Now a Gallagher Premiership title winner following last June’s Twickenham success and with Harlequins having a new senior coach in Tabai Matson, Care has opted to extend his 16-year stay with the Londoners and in doing so has become the tenth player in recent weeks to agree to fresh terms beyond the end of this season.         

“I’m delighted to sign on again with Harlequins,” enthused Care. “I love playing for this club. Since I came down here 16 years ago I have loved every minute of playing at The Stoop. Our fans are the best out there and it’s been incredible to have them back in full voice this season.

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 “I have made some great friends and incredible memories in this jersey and I can’t wait to make some more.”

Harlequins attack and backs coach Nick Evans added: “It’s great to see Danny sign on again with the club. Danny is central to so much we do as Harlequins both on and off the field and epitomises the way we play.

“I’m fortunate to have played with Danny for nine years in this jersey and work with him as a coach for five seasons. He is a unique, extremely talented individual and we are thrilled to have him recommit to the team as we look to become the most admired club in Europe.”

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Having made a remarkable 321 appearances for Harlequins, Care is one of only three players to have represented the club on more than 300 occasions and is the highest try-scorer, touching down 98 times. The scrum-half has also kicked ten drop goals and one conversion for Harlequins, most recently against Saracens earlier this season.

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