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Marler: I did not hesitate to pledge future to Quins
England prop Joe Marler has revealed he never thought of quitting Harlequins before committing his future to the club for another two seasons.
The 23-year-old, who started four of England's five 2014 Six Nations games, extended his Stoop stay until 2016 on Wednesday as he prepares to make his 100th appearance for Quins in Friday's Amlin Cup quarter final at Stade Francais.
"I am really happy to have signed on again with my childhood club, Harlequins," he said.
"When I was given the opportunity to re-sign for the club, there was never any doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted my long term future to be."
And director of rugby Conor O'Shea is relishing the prospect of watching Marler blossom in to a top class international loosehead prop.
"It is incredible to think that at just 23, he will make his 100th senior appearance this Friday," he added.
"He is, and will continue to be, a corner stone in the pack and in the success of this club. Joe is developing into one of the leading looseheads in international rugby.
"Joe still has so much more to give and like us all, is hungry for more silverware for both club and country.
"I am really excited, as I'm sure the Harlequins supporters will be, to see Joe's continuing development in the coming years in a quartered jersey."