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Nathan Hughes signs new Wasps contract

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Wasps have announced No.8 Nathan Hughes has signed a new contract.

Hughes follows in the footsteps of his back-row colleague James Haskell who extended his deal with Wasps on Monday. Hughes, 24, is regarded as one of the top back-rowers in the Aviva Premiership and is likely to be on England's radar when he qualifies for eligibility in June.

"I'm really excited to have signed a new contract with Wasps as I can see the direction the club is going in," Hughes said. "I really appreciate Dai giving me the opportunity to come here and over the past two years it has been a great club to be part of.

"We have secured our own home and have seen some really exciting players joining Wasps and I really want to be part of the club moving forwards."

Wasps coach Dai Young added: "We are thrilled Nathan has committed his future to Wasps. As you can imagine, it was a no brainer offering him a new contract and I'm sure a number of other clubs would have been tracking his progress closely.

"Nathan has made a huge impact since joining Wasps and the great thing is there is so much more to come from him. He is only 24 and is still raw in some aspects of the game, having only made the switch from hockey to rugby at 17.

"He has worked really hard on his defence and his work around the pitch this season, to add to his natural ball carrying ability and attacking attributes which are so influential in helping us get on the front foot. Given his growing performances this season, it's no surprise many are talking about him as an international prospect for England when he qualifies over the summer."