NOTTINGHAM head coach Martin Haag says his decision to
commit his future the RFU Championship club was a straight forward
HAAG HUGS: Martin
Haag says he is excited of what is to come for Nottingham Rugby
after penning a contract extension.
Haag has signed a two-year contract extension that will run
until the end of the 2014/15 season.
As a player, the former England international prided himself on
loyalty, playing more than 300 games for Bath over 14 years.
Haag said some things just don't change after hanging up the
The 44-year-old moved into his first head coaching role in the
summer, having worked as a forwards coach at Bristol and Bath
before completing his switch to the East Midlands club.
"It was an easy decision to make," Haag said.
"I'm pretty loyal, just look my rugby career and you can see
that I've not moved around too often.
"I like it here, like the people - it is a fantastic sporting
Haag has guided the Green and Whites to the RFU Championship
promotion play-offs and steered the side to the last eight of the
British and Irish Cup in his first season in charge.
Nottingham can secure a second or third place finish in the
league by taking two points from the next two matches, starting
with the Cornish Pirates at Meadow Lane on Sunday (1.15pm
Haag said: "It has been an exceptional season so far and the job
isn't finished yet.
"There is a lot to play for and anything can happen in the
play-offs. We will embrace what is ahead of us and there is a big
belief in this squad.
"The club is going in the right direction, it is an exciting
time to be at Nottingham Rugby and I want to be part of it.
"I've signed for two years because whatever happens over the
next six weeks there is a lot of good coming out of the club at the
moment and we have to continue to build over the next couple of
Nottingham Rugby chairman Alistair Bow is excited about the
future with Haag continuing to lead the way.
"It is another marker that we've set down to show the longer
term commitment to the success of this club," Bow said.
"Martin has brought us discipline and structure along with his
wealth of experience.
"Also, the style of his rugby and quality of play that he has
fostered has been entertaining and has been embraced by the
"When we set out and signed Martin we were always hopeful that
it would be a longer term appointment and the board in extremely
happy that we will be working together going forward."