Young: We've got everybody we wanted to keep

Club captain Chris Bell has signed a new Wasps deal

Club captain Chris Bell has signed a new Wasps deal

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SIX Wasps have signed contract extensions this week, with the club hoping to announce new arrivals in the coming fortnight.

Chris Bell, Andrea Masi, Carlo Festuccia, Kearnan Myall, Jake Cooper-Woolley and Charlie Davies have all committed to the club long-term.

Masi and Festuccia have 134 Italy caps between them, while Cooper-Woolley has been instumental in the substantial strides forward made by the scrum this season.

Davies, still just 23, has blossomed this season to challenge Joe Simpson for the scrum half jersey while Myall has also been impressive in his first season at the club.

Bell meanwhile, is a notable presence on and off the pitch and has this year been named club captain.

Director of rugby Dai Young said: “We’ve pretty much got everybody we’d like to keep.

“There are still a couple we’re talking to, but they’re more fringe players than starters and it’s whether this place is right for them at their stage of their career and whether they’re right for us.

“You’ll always get that with fringe players and whether they’ll get more game time somewhere else. We have to weigh that up.”

Another Billy Vunipola episode appears to have been avoided then, and Wasps fans will be further encouraged by the calibre of player the black and golds have been linked with in recent weeks.

Young said: “My big thing about recruitement is retaining who you want first before you start announcing new players.

“A week or so after that we’ll be able to announce some new signings hopefully.”

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