England International Ben Earl Signs Deal To Leave Saracens On Loan
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Saracens have today announced that England international Ben Earl and Max Malins have committed their long-term future to the club – but will spend next season on loan at Bristol Bears.
The academy graduates have penned fresh terms at Allianz Park and will remain in north London until the summer of 2023. Earl joined the Saracens Academy in 2012 aged 14 and has progressed through the ranks to become a valuable member of the first-team squad.
“It wasn’t a tricky decision to want to stay here long-term and it’s where I see me building my career,” Earl said.
“It’s a club I’ve been at since I was about 14-years-old, one that I know really well and somewhere I really feel part of the family.
“We’re building something special here with a young group of guys and it’s something I want to be a part of.”
Director of Rugby Mark McCall said:
“Nothing brings more joy to everyone at Saracens than seeing a young player grow in our system, play for our club and represent his country.
“Ben is an exceptional young man with a huge future in rugby. We are delighted he has committed that future to Saracens.”
Malins joined the Saracens Junior Academy in 2013 and tasted success with England Under-20s at the World Rugby U20 Championship three years into his Sarries journey, making his first-team bow a season later in the LV= Cup.
Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam said:
“We had a unique opportunity to bring in two rising English stars and we believe both Ben and Max will add further quality and depth to a really exciting squad that we are building at the Bears.
“Ben can play across the back row and has been a standout performer in the Premiership this season, rightly earning his first cap in the 2020 Six Nations.
“Max is a 23-year-old with a bright future ahead in the game – he’s a versatile player who, along with Ben, caused a lot of havoc in our away loss to Saracens in December.
“I believe Ben and Max will benefit significantly from the experience of being part of our team and culture, as we strive to grow and compete on both fronts next season.”