Nottingham Rugby is delighted to confirm that Tom
Calladine has signed a one year extension with the club ahead of
the 2014/15 season.
A dynamic back rower, Calladine, 24, is a home grown talent that
has risen through the ranks of the club's academy to make a big
impact on the first team, including captaining the side on two
occasions. He has made 54 appearances for the club and has
scored seven tries.
He began his rugby journey at his hometown club, Mansfield RFC,
and also spent a summer learning the intricacies of back row play
in New Zealand with Linwood RFC. He has also represented
England at U16 and U18 level.
Commenting on his new deal, Calladine said, "I'm really pleased
to have signed a new deal with the club. It's been a tough
old season but we're looking to rebuild and push on next
season. Things are definitely looking up, our form has been
improving and we're starting to look more like a team and we've got
key players in the key positions that can help to push us on next
"Martin (Haag) staying at the club has been very important for
me as he's a very high calibre coach. People around the club
know how good he is and so do people outside of the club.
He's perhaps not quite had the resources to kick on this season,
but with the new signings and the lads that have been confirmed for
next season, I think he knows he's going to have a good pool of
players to choose from, with a good blend of youth and experience,
that can help us get back to where we're capable of being.
"The 'next generation' of Nottingham Rugby players - myself, Joe
Cobden, Joe Munro, Rupert Cooper, Ryan Hough - have all been here
for three years now and have gone from being the new kids on the
block to key players in the squad, intertwining with the senior
players to help move the club forwards. It's exciting and I'm
looking forward to next year already."
Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag said, "Tom is a local lad who
has come through the club's academy to make his mark and he has
done tremendously well. He has a superb attitude, incredible
passion and he leads by example on and off the field. The way
he conducts himself reflects well on himself and others and he is
an example of how to make the most of your talent.
"He has lots of potential and I'm delighted that he will
continue growing into the player he wants to be, with