Harlequins half back Luke Gale has signed a new three year contract that will see him at the Stoop until the end of 2012.
The 21-year-old becomes the first player to commit their future to Harlequins beyond the current Super League licence which lasts until the end of the 2011 season.
The half back signed for Harlequins in September 2008 and, after making his Super League debut against Wigan, went on to make 21 appearances in 2009. After impressing throughout the season, Gale was named ‘Young Player of the Year’ at the Harlequins end of season awards.
Gale said: “I’ve really enjoyed my first season with Harlequins and had no doubts at all about committing myself to the club for the next three years.
“I’m working with a great team and great coaching staff and look forward to what the coming seasons bring.”
Harlequins Rugby League head coach, Brian McDermott, said: “Although we had a difficult end to last season, Luke could hold his head high thanks to his effort and determination throughout the year.
“He is one of a group of young players that want to represent London Rugby League and his new deal signifies his commitment to this and Harlequins.”
He added: “Investment in youth is the way forward. Keynote signings may help you for one or two years, but at the end of their tenure the club starts again. We’re committed to building and growing as a club and at the same time, have a huge drive to succeed during that process.”