Northampton Saints award contracts to academy trio

Jamie Elliott
Jamie Elliott has scored four tries in five games this season

Northampton Saints have handed two-year contracts to academy trio Jamie Elliott, Ben Nutley and Mike Haywood.

Centre Elliott, 19, has added five appearances this season to the six he made last term.

Flanker Nutley, also 19, and 20-year-old hooker Haywood have featured 12 and 10 times respectively during the current campaign.

"Players like Jamie, Ben and Mike are the future lifeblood of Saints," boss Jim Mallinder told the club websiteexternal-link.

"It is always good to have players in the squad who the fans can see as being their own having watched their development over a number of years.

"The players themselves have grown up in the culture of the club and we have seen how vital that is to the ongoing success of other teams that have been at the top of their leagues for a number of years.

"More importantly, all three have shown that they are ready for first team rugby and have the quality to be able to compete at the highest levels of the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup."