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Tommy Freeman has signed a new contract at Northampton Saints.
Tommy Freeman has signed a new contract at Northampton Saints.

England international Freeman commits future to Saints

Tommy Freeman has penned a new long-term contract that sees the fullback remain at Northampton Saints beyond the end of the 2022/23 season. 

The 21-year-old Saints Academy graduate, also comfortable playing on the wing, burst onto the senior stage back in 2020 and a meteoric rise through the Club’s ranks culminated this summer in two England caps during the Red Rose’s successful tour of Australia.

The versatile back has already notched up 17 tries in just 35 appearances in Black, Green and Gold, with 14 of those coming in 18 games during the 2021/22 campaign.

That blistering form saw Freeman scoop Saints’ Young Player of the Season Award, having been named the Club’s Breakthrough Player of the Season the year beforehand – and with his career still in its infancy, Northampton’s Director of Rugby Phil Dowson is confident Freeman can go from strength to strength at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.

“Tommy is a bona fide freak of an athlete,” he said. “He’s tall, big and fast, but he’s also ludicrously skilful as well, and those things combined add up to a special player.

“He’s still young and has a lot to learn in terms of his positioning and defending, but regardless of that he’s still good enough to be playing international rugby for England at the moment, and that speaks volumes.

“Tommy makes good decisions. He can see space and has the ability to beat a player or put the ball on his foot at the right time, or throws offloads and has the confidence to do it for his club or country.”

Phil Dowson, Director of Rugby

“He’s a very chilled-out character which definitely helps with things like nerves. Tommy seems to me like one of those players who will rise to the level he’s playing at, no matter what you throw at him, so he’s certainly a huge talent and someone we’re delighted to have kept on board.”

Freeman first made his mark in Northampton colours with a try in Saints’ preseason friendly against Leinster during the summer of 2019, before making his senior debut in a Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Sale Sharks that autumn.

A Gallagher Premiership debut (aged just 19) followed later in the 2019/20 campaign against Bath, and Freeman has not looked back from there with 14 and 18 appearances for the Club over the next two seasons respectively solidifying his place in the first team.

After ending last term with a hat-trick against Newcastle Falcons and a score in the Premiership semi-finals – and now a twice-capped England international – Freeman is delighted to be staying in Northampton for the foreseeable future.

“I’m thrilled to recommit my future to Northampton and am incredibly grateful to the Club’s coaches for everything they have done to help me to develop as a player over the last few seasons,” he said.

“Chris Boyd gave me the platform to break into the first team and I’m excited about what’s to come with Dows at the helm – this is an environment I really wanted to remain a part of and everyone in the squad is working hard for next season.”

Tommy Freeman

“Competition in the back three at Saints is always really strong, so I’ve always just tried to focus on grabbing my opportunities with both hands, and I love the freedom we are given as a squad to express ourselves on the field.

“This was obviously an incredible summer for me. It was really exciting to earn my first two caps for England – but now I’m only looking forward at the season ahead, and making sure I keep producing my best form for the Club.”

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