Koch shuts door on South Africa return
TRANSFER NEWS: The speculation that Vincent Koch would return to South Africa has finally been laid to rest.
The tighthead prop Koch had opted to extend his stay at the Premiership club Saracens until 2022.
Aside from Koch, who joined Saracens in 2016, Saracens also confirmed the re-signing of England international George Kruis.
The Academy product Kruis has signed to stay with the north London side for a further three years until 2021.
Both players have played an instrumental role in Saracens’ successes over the past few seasons, featuring in Saracens’ 2017 Champions Cup triumph in addition to this season’s Premiership Rugby win. In his time at the club Kruis has also won further honours with Saracens: a Premiership and Anglo-Welsh title in 2015, as well as being part of the 2016 Premiership and Champions Cup winning side.
“We’re delighted that Vinnie and George have signed new deals with the club” said Director of Rugby Mark McCall. “Both of them are phenomenal assets to the club, and we look forward to seeing them continue to develop in a Saracens shirt over the coming seasons,”
Speaking on his contract extension Koch said: “I’m really pleased [to have signed an extension]. It’s a very special club and since joining I’ve made some incredible memories here. It’s an honour to play with guys who are like your brothers every week,:
Reflecting on his own extension Kruis added: “It was an easy decision to make really. I’ve progressed so much in my time at Saracens and we’ve achieved so much as a group over the last few seasons together. It’s a hugely exciting time to be involved here, we’ve got a massively talented group of guys who are all hungry to keep improving. I’m really proud to be part of that.”