Melling signs new capital deal

Harlequins utility back Chris Melling has signed a two year contract extension with the club.

Melling, 24, will remain in the capital until the end of 2011 having arrived from Wigan back in 2006. He has featured across the back line for Quins in his tenure at Twickenham Stoop, and has also played at hooker.

Melling, who is also a fully qualified physiotherapist, said he had no hesitation in signing: “The next few years will be very exciting for the club; at senior level Harlequins are developing into real contenders for the Super League, whilst at a junior level we are nurturing young talent and growing the game in London.”

Melling has played in every game for the London club this term, scoring six tries.

“I’m very happy playing my rugby in London and had no doubts about committing my future to Harlequins.”

Harlequins Rugby League head coach, Brian McDermott, said he was delighted to have secured Melling’s services for a further two years.

He said: “Chris recognises that very positive things are happening in London and I’m very pleased that Chris Melling has decided to stay with us.

“He’s got a driving ambition to represent GB again and we’re going to do our best to help him get there.”

Melling won his first international cap back in 2007, playing for Great Britain against France.

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