Saints hand new deal to top prospect Tommy

Saints have handed a new contract to talented back Tommy Freeman.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 1:53 pm
Tommy Freeman

The 20-year-old has started to establish himself in the first team this season.

And Freeman has really caught the eye, turning in a string of hugely impressive performances at full-back and on the wing.

He scored his first Saints try in the defeat to Bath last month and has kept his place in the team.

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And news of his new deal will come as a major boost to everyone of a black, green and gold persuasion.

“Tommy is an exciting young footballer with plenty of potential, and represents yet another player off our Academy production line here at Franklin’s Gardens, so of course we’re very pleased he’s signed a new contract with Saints," said Saints boss Chris Boyd.

“He’s grabbed his opportunities to play with both hands so far this season, and shown he’s willing and quick to learn, which is really important for a youngster.

“Tommy’s playing with the freedom of youth at the moment and we’re looking forward to seeing how he develops over the coming years.”

Freeman signed his first Senior Academy contract ahead of the 2019/20 season, scoring a try against Leinster in pre-season before making his club debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup against Sale Sharks.

He earned a Premiership debut against Bath last August following the league-wide Covid-19 hiatus, but Freeman has really hit his stride since getting an opportunity off the bench against Gloucester in January.

He currently has eight Saints appearances to his name.

And Freeman said: “I’m really excited to commit my future to Northampton Saints.

“I am so grateful to Chris Boyd and all the coaches at the club for giving me this opportunity to develop as a player.

“There’s a clear player pathway at Franklin’s Gardens which you can see from the number of guys progressing from the Academy into the first team, so I know that if I work hard and continue to focus on improving, I will be given my chance to help the group.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this squad; we have quality all over the park, but in the back three especially we have a diverse group of lads, so competition to play is really high and I’m excited to try and prove myself in the years ahead.”