NOTTINGHAM back-row forwards Alex Shaw and Tom Calladine
have signed contract extensions with the Meadow Lane
Nottingham back-row forwards Alex Shaw and Tom Calladine (inset)
have done new deals with the Meadow Lane club. PICS: Steve
Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag said he is delighted
that the pair have agreed new deals ahead of the club's historic
first play-off semi-final campaign against Bedford, starting with
the away leg at Goldington Road on Saturday (May 4, 3pm
Shaw, 26, has been ever-present for the RFU Championship
high-flyers this season, starting 25 matches and scoring eight
tries in all competitions.
Calladine, 23, who signed his first professional contract with
the club at the start of the campaign, has been a revelation since
returning from a spell with Linwood in the powerful Canterbury
Metropolitan competition in New Zealand last summer.
So much so, that the Mansfield product captained Nottingham in
the final regular season fixture against Leeds after also
skippering the side for the British and Irish Cup quarter final at
"They have both done an extremely good job this season," Haag
"You only need to look at Tom captaining the side a few times in
the last couple of weeks to see that he has done a great job for
"Alex started really well and has continued that throughout the
season. I hope to see more of the same in the play-offs and moving
Shaw, who has made 84 appearances since joining Nottingham from
Sale in 2010, said: "I've been here for three years and it was an
easy decision for me to make once I found out that Martin had
signed for another two years.
"I've really enjoyed working with him this year and getting the
opportunity to do it for another year was a big factor in
"It is exciting times at Nottingham and this will be the first
time I've featured in play-off semi-finals with the club. One thing
that Martin has brought in this season is making sure we
concentrate on things week-to-week. That is everyone's ethos right
now, even though we all understand what is up for grabs at the end
of the play-offs."
Calladine, who has made his name as an impact player with 18
substitute appearances and four starts in the league this season,
said: "It's been a very rewarding season and a very big learning
curve for me.
"Coming towards the play-offs I'm really happy to know that I'll
be involved next season, and who knows that could be up there in
"This is the obvious place to want to be with Martin Haag
drawing more people to the club. He is a top-flight coach who has
taken a Nottingham side with very few big names, just a small and
tight squad, so far in a short period of time."