May 25 2010 By Tim Edwards
TOM Rees signed a two year extension on his current deal and immediately vowed to lead London Wasps to glory next season.
The club captain, 25, is now contracted to the Adams Park outfit until the end of the 2012/13 season and is confident Tony Hanks' team can land some overdue silverware next campaign.
The England flanker missed most of last season after undergoing two shoulder operations and recently opted against touring with the Saxons to continue his rehabilitation.
"I was pleased to be approached by the club to extend my contract further because I enjoy everything that goes with being a Wasps player," he said. "We have a great squad, coaching team and group of fans and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I enjoyed great success as a young player but my challenge now is to drive that success as a senior player and as a captain.
"We were bitterly disappointed not to reach the playoffs this season but we have undoubtedly improved on last year, climbing the table and ensuring Heineken Cup qualification. This squad is very proud of the history of the club, but players join Wasps to win and we are all focused on silverware next season - something I believe we are capable of.
"Having come through a difficult season with injury, the support of everyone at the club was fantastic and just further cements that ‘Wasps family’ that we all talk about. I am really pleased that I will continue to be a part of the club for the next three seasons."
Wasps director of rugby, Hanks, added: "Whilst much of the talk at this time of the season is centered on new signings, retention of high quality players like Tom has been hugely important to us and to the club’s future."