Harlequins and England number eight, Nick Easter has committed his future to the Quins, signing a new contract to keep him at the Twickenham Stoop until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The deal will see him remain at Harlequins until the next world cup and ensure he is in contention for an England recall at any time until the 2015 tournament.

Since arriving at Quins in 2004 Easter has made over 160 appearances and scored 42 tries and he has proved to be ever important to the Quins in their impressive season so far.

His international career has taken in two world cups, 47 caps and five tries and despite missing out on the squad for this year’s Six Nations campaign Easter is still aiming for a recall, something that if Quins director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea’s opinion is to be believed is a real possibility. O’Shea describes Easter as “currently the best number eight in the country” and feels his man “will play at the highest level for years to come”.

Easter himself has expressed his delight at resigning for Quins and has outlined his reasons for doing so. “I’m delighted to have re-signed with Harlequins. It is a club that allows you to express yourself on the pitch. We’re playing an attractive style of rugby that is not only producing positive results it is also enjoyable to be part of. I’m looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the team and to winning more silverware for the club and its supporters.”

It is clearly a match that works for both parties. Quins are a side looking for success and Easter is clearly eager to help his club to reach the levels they are aiming for. The latest latest rugby union betting makes Harlequins favourites to land the Premier League title next season, now that they have secured Easter for the next few years.

If his contribution leads to an England recall, that will no doubt be a welcome bonus, but his goals for now seem clear. To win the league for Quins and to build on that success over the coming years.