Marcus Smith pens new contract at Harlequins as talented fly-half ends speculation that he was going to leave amid links to Bath and Lyon
- Marcus Smith has ended speculation that he was set to leave Harlequins
- The talented 21-year-old fly-half will stay after signing a new deal at The Stoop
- As Smith pondered over his contract, he was heavily linked with Bath and Lyon
Marcus Smith has ended speculation that he was set to leave Harlequins by signing a new deal at The Stoop, Sportsmail can reveal.
The 21-year-old fly-half, one of the most talented young English players in the Premiership, has been heavily linked with Bath and Lyon as he pondered over his contract.
But Smith will now stay at Quins, having come through their academy, committing to the club who sacked Paul Gustard a fortnight ago.
Marcus Smith has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal with Harlequins
Tries from Alex Dombrandt, Aaron Morris and Danny Care gave Quins a fully-deserved victory against Bath at The Rec as they continued their upturn in form following the departure of Paul Gustard.
Bath’s tries came from Tom Dunn and Tom De Glanville, but they were well beaten.
Asked if he felt under pressure due to his team’s poor run, Hooper said: ‘Let’s not move away from the fact we are here to win games, but there are massive positives to take.
‘We showed a lot of resilience when we went down to 13 and there were a lot of young players out there who were getting their first real taste of Premiership rugby.
The 21-year-old was linked with Bath and Lyon but has committed his future at the Stoop
Academy graduate Smith has committed to the club that sacked Paul Gustard a fortnight ago
‘If you look at the game, ultimately our discipline cost us. We conceded six penalties in the middle of the first half and then two yellow cards in the second.
‘When you are on a run of losing games it’s not all about clinging on to the positives, but I’m massively proud of the performance.
‘We need to harness this energy because although we didn’t win, the boys came together.’
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