England star reveals his next move
NEWS: Harlequins announced that England number eight and fan favourite Alex Dombrandt has signed a new long-term deal with the Club
First arriving at the Club from Cardiff Met University ahead of the 2018/19 season, Dombrandt has gone on to flourish as a senior player during his time in the Famous Quarters, regularly stepping in as the acting matchday captain and lifting the Premiership trophy alongside Club Captain Stephan Lewies as Quins secured their second Premiership title last June.
Capped twice by England, the Croydon-born 24-year-old has taken the rugby world by storm since making his senior debut against Agen in the European Challenge Cup in 2018, making 87 appearances and racking up over 200 points to date.
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Scoring an impressive 11 tries in his debut season in South West London, the marauding number eight instantly displayed a natural style of play that mirrored Quins’ renowned, attacking DNA.
Most well-known for intelligent running lines that often see the number eight pierce through the heart of opposition defences, Dombrandt has already scored ten tries in eleven appearances so far this season, standing out as one of the prime leaders of playing the Harlequins Way.
Commenting on his new deal, Dombrandt said: “I’m very excited to have re-signed. I love the Club, I love what we’re trying to do at the moment. I’m really excited about what’s to come in the future.
“Coming from university and into the professional environment I feel like I’ve grown on and off the pitch. I guess for me it’s just about being able to continue that growth, get better each day and go from there.
“This is a club that I’ve supported growing up. I used to come and watch Quins as a kid, so to stay at the club that is close to my heart, I’m very happy to do that.
“We’re trying to create something really special at this Club and obviously winning the Premiership last season was amazing, but we don’t want to sit on what we did last year. I think we’re in a really good spot at the moment.”
Commenting, Director of Rugby Performance Billy Millard said: ‘We’re delighted that Alex has re-signed with the Club. Dommers has grown and developed since joining us from Cardiff Met a few years ago. Almost as much as his rugby he’s developed really well as a leader, and gone on to earn his international recognition off the back of his form with us.
“We’re thrilled that Dommers has recommitted his future with Quins and look forward to seeing him continue to thrive in the Quarters.”