Skivs shakes on 2016 deal

George Skivington has shook on old school gentlemans agreement that sees him stay at London Irish until 2015/16

I feel really positive that there are some good things to come from London Irish in the next few years.

I am not saying that we are world beaters just yet.

But this bunch of players have really turned things around in the last two months and we have given ourselves a very good chance now of maintaining our Premiership status.

We have found some good form, especially at home, and if we can continue that until the end of the season, we can go into the summer feeling satisfied with the second half of the campaign.

Going on from that, we have good foundations in place to build on and take the club forward and all of the lads here have bought into what we are trying to do.

I have been made match-day captain of the club and that is a huge honour.

George Skivington

It's also made me feel really proud of the boys for the way they have tackled the problems we had of so many new faces in the squad at the start of the season.

They have knuckled down, grafted hard and maintained their belief in what we are trying to do.

Thankfully, that belief has been paying off and our recent results have been good.

It has been a busy time for me personally at the club when, having been made skipper, I have also extended my contract to the 2015/16 season.

It would probably be viewed as decidedly old school in this day and age but my new deal took about an hour to discuss from start to finish.

Myself and Brian Smith sat down, had an honest chat with each other and came to an agreement which we shook on. It was a gentlemen’s agreement and it didn’t take long to sort out.

I don’t talk money though. I always leave that to my agent. There are a lot of good relationships that can suddenly turn into bad relationship whenever wages start being discussed!

That’s the way I like to do my business and it means my wife and young lad can look forward to being in one place for the next three years at least.

George Skivington says it is a real honour to be the match day captain at London Irish

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