Harlequins have tied down the loyalties of Alex Dombrandt for the foreseeable future after confirming the England back-rower has signed a new long-term contract at The Stoop.
Croydon-born Dombrandt joined Harlequins—the team he supported as a boy—in 2018 after impressing for Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The 24-year-old scored 11 tries in his debut campaign at The Stoop and has since gone on to rack up more than 200 points in 87 appearances for the club.
Dombrandt proved pivotal for his Premiership employers last season when they turned the tide to win their first league title in almost a decade, leading to his senior England debut in July.
“I’m very excited to have re-signed," said Dombrandt as the extension was confirmed. "I love the club, I love what we’re trying to do at the moment. I’m really excited for 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.”
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Dombrandt has become synonymous with the current crop of in-form Quins stars, and a club statement praised the No. 8 as "one of the prime leaders of playing the Harlequins Way."
The four-cap England prospect is enjoying another prolific campaign with eight tries in 11 appearances thus far, five of which have helped the Premiership champions rise to third in the league table.
Although the 18-stone star poses a daunting figure at 6'2", Dombrandt has earned major plaudits for his deft handling and often dainty footwork.
Harlequins defence coach and former Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery went so far as to rank the emerging superstar as a rare quantity considering his position.
“He is probably the most skilful forward I have coached, ever. He is so good,” Flannery said in October.
Quins' director of rugby performance, Billy Millard, expressed his joy at the extension and added: "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.”
Dombrandt is one among a number of young, spirited talents at The Stoop who played a crucial role in last season's romp to the Premiership title, where they defeated Exeter Chiefs 40-38 in a dramatic final.
Having crossed over in the thrilling semi-final comeback against Bristol, Dombrandt following up with another essential try in that decider against Rob Baxter's side.
He more recently bagged a hat-trick of tries as Tabai Matson's men beat Northampton Saints 41-27 at Twickenham, and a place in Eddie Jones ' England squad for the 2022 Six Nations looks assured.
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