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Title: Earle Signs On
Post by: honkytonk on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:01*
FLYING WING NATHAN EARLE COMMITS FUTURE TO QUINS

Harlequins is delighted to announce that popular wing Nathan Earle has signed a contract extension with the Club, promising to build upon an impressive start to a career in the Quarters.

Before sustaining a long-term knee ligament injury against Northampton Saints towards the end of the 2018/19 season, Earle bagged 11 tries in 23 Harlequins appearances, playing an integral role in an impressive 2018/19 campaign that saw the Club fall just short of that season's semi-finals.

Earle, 25, who arrived at The Stoop from London rivals Saracens in 2018, has regularly featured in England training camps named in Eddie Joness wider squad ahead of the 2019 Six Nations - and scored in an uncapped fixture against the Barbarians in 2018 having toured Argentina with the national side the previous summer.

Im thrilled to be able to extend my time at The Stoop, Earle said. I felt like I was playing some of my best rugby before picking up a knee injury at the end of my first season.

Im still rehabilitating at the moment, but Im excited to get back out there and pull on the jersey again.

Gussy [Paul Gustard] has given me a real sense of confidence to go out there and play my game. Im itching to get back out on the field.

Its exciting to commit to a squad with so much young talent coming through under Gussy alongside so many experienced players within the group. Once rugby returns, there should be exciting times ahead for the Club.

Commenting on Earles contract extension, Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: Were thrilled to have Nathan recommit his future to the Club. Prior to his severe knee injury, he was demonstrating to everyone what I personally already knew, that he is a fantastic talent with the potential for explosive, match-winning performances.

When we lost Nathan to injury, we lost more than just his fantastic talents as a player; we lost his energy, his personality, his competitiveness, and his leadership on the field. He was, and is, a key member of our playing group with the type of strong off-field behaviours and positive mindset that are fundamental to our environment.

He has maintained his diligence and professionalism throughout his rehab along with the excellent direction of Elliot Clarke and the rest of our fantastic medical performance group.

He has shown us the strength and competitive desire to get back out there in an improved physical condition if that was at all possible!

Ive watched Nathan progress as a youngster through to international recognition and latterly, of course, excel in his breakthrough season at our club. I have never had any doubts about his rugby ability and even less about him as a person, so personally, and as a club, we are excited that he sees his continued development in the Quarters.

We are building a very exciting team that has the ability, the drive, and age profile to stay together for a long time. It is going to be a hotly-anticipated moment to see Nathan take the field with other young hotshots like Chis [James Chisholm], Cadan [Murley] and March [Joe Marchant], to name but three, alongside some incredible and more experienced talent like Danny Care, Joe Marler, and Mike Brown. Mix that in with new signings like Ashy [Chris Ashton], Andre [Esterhuizen], and Wilco [Louw] and we have the ingredients to really move on up when we return.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Liverpoolquin on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:13*
Great news, comfortably our best winger in terms of both attack and defence
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Boonie on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:21*
I really hope he can recapture that form he showed in that first season. Would be great to see him at his peak again.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: honkytonk on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:30*
With Him, Ashton Murley and Gabs, Im confident to say that is the best set of Wings in the Prem.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Now ex-Navyquin on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:39*
That's great news considering all the rumours of him leaving for Saints.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Fearless Fred on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 16:46*
Very pleased to see this. He really was a great addition when he joined, and it was a real gut-punch for him to be sidelined for the whole of this season due to that horrible injury.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: MaidstoneQuin on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 17:32*
9. Care
10. Smith
11. Earle
12. Esterhuizen
13. Marchant
14. Ashton
15. Brown

Some good backline that is! I think with the addition of a baby eating lock we are fairly set for next season, whenever that actually is
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: New Forest Quin on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 17:53*
A very decent 15 as well.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: honkytonk on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 18:33*
9. Care
10. Smith
11. Earle
12. Esterhuizen
13. Marchant
14. Ashton
15. Brown

Some good backline that is! I think with the addition of a baby eating lock we are fairly set for next season, whenever that actually is

Landajo
Herron/Lang
Murley
Lasike
Taps
Gabs
Morris

Not a bad set of back ups either!!
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: A222Quin on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 20:18*
Good news, hope he comes back fit and firing. Proper finisher, quick and with a good amount of nuisance factor for a winger.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Quintron on Wednesday 20-May-2020, 22:32*
Great news
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Rocker on Thursday 21-May-2020, 08:00*
Great news 👍
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Saintquin on Thursday 21-May-2020, 15:19*
Well done Nathan and Quins. Great news and really looking forward to him getting back on the pitch!
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Banstead Quin on Thursday 21-May-2020, 17:57*
Yeah really good news, was purring nicely before the injury. With him and Brown back  that adds some major ball carrying back into our game. With our Springbok addition in midfield as well, that's some major firepower.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Jus-Quin-Time on Friday 22-May-2020, 09:07*
I don't want to throw water on the fires of enthusiasm but let's just take a reality check. 

following a potential career ending injury, surgery and long rehabilitation he has not been able to play for a season.  He now has the uphill task of regaining confidence in the damaged leg and returning to match fitness.  We have seen in other players just how difficult this is and the risk of sustaining further damage is very high.

In this scenario why would any other club take this player on, particularly when there is so much uncertainty in the game just now.  Earle is never going anywhere soon, not until he has demonstrated beyond all doubt that he has the speed and physical capacity to get back on the wing in a meaningful way.

I do recognise that my description of the returning player from injury could easily have applied to Saili when he transferred to us.  That didn't work out quite a well as planned.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Quinky on Friday 22-May-2020, 09:17*
I don't want to throw water on the fires of enthusiasm but let's just take a reality check. 

following a potential career ending injury, surgery and long rehabilitation he has not been able to play for a season.  He now has the uphill task of regaining confidence in the damaged leg and returning to match fitness.  We have seen in other players just how difficult this is and the risk of sustaining further damage is very high.

In this scenario why would any other club take this player on, particularly when there is so much uncertainty in the game just now.  Earle is never going anywhere soon, not until he has demonstrated beyond all doubt that he has the speed and physical capacity to get back on the wing in a meaningful way.

I do recognise that my description of the returning player from injury could easily have applied to Saili when he transferred to us.  That didn't work out quite a well as planned.

Valid points. The same could be said of Brown.

Ross Chisholm had a similar issue and has never looked as good as he used to. Other players come back seemingly 100%. Fingers crossed Earle is in the latter category.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: harlequins on Friday 22-May-2020, 09:40*
Agreed
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: poorfour on Friday 22-May-2020, 10:29*
JQT, coming back from a bad injury is always a risky time for club and player. Robshaw and Lambo managed it, Jonny Wilkinson and Manu Tuilagi managed it eventually, Lawrence Dallaglio managed it by coming back a very different player, Ross Chisholm came back a diminished one, George Lowe and Will Skinner didn't manage it at all.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. One of the big factors in recovery is how the player approaches it, and their own club is generally best placed to judge that. But it's hard to tell if the injury will hold up.

That said, we used to be really good at rehabilitating players, and able to take a chance on other teams' crocks. Ollie Kohn was coming back from a knee reconstruction when he joined Quins, and we took him from a journeyman with a bad injury record to an international with a career-ending injury record (thanks, Wozza).
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Mayor West on Friday 22-May-2020, 20:39*
Maybe it was a good deal for both parties. Hes on a reduced rate for a year to prove himself back to top form. No other team would come in for him in the current circumstances. He was top quality, he seems to have the right drive and attitude so lets give him the chance.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Jus-Quin-Time on Friday 22-May-2020, 22:38*
Poorfour, cracking post. 

It really underlines the dangers of the game that we find so entertaining.  I wish Earles well in his recovery and hope he can scale the heights demonstrated by just a few of those you have listed.
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: quins4life on Saturday 23-May-2020, 10:47*
Great news, out of all the injuries weve had this season in the backs, hes been the biggest miss. His pace and power compared to our other options is so much better. Him, lasike and Esterhuizen in the same backline would cause carnage.

Agree these serious injury always present a risk, but he has had a long injury layoff before and returned well from it so hopefully he can do so again
Title: Re: Earle Signs On
Post by: Quinky on Sunday 24-May-2020, 10:56*
I may be in the minority here, but whilst I really like Earle as a player, I felt that he didn't always use his size and power to full effect. He is big for a winger, and I always expect him to break through tackles; sometimes he seems to not back himself though. I may be wrong of course. I do agree hat he's a very good player and definitely adds something to the backline.