Dai Young has been at Wasps since 2011, overseeing a steady rise at the club both on and off the field. The Premiership outfit finished on top of the table last year, losing the final to Exeter Chiefs. After reaching the quarter-final stage in Europe for the last three years, there is a real belief that this is a club moving in the right direction.
Today, Wasps have announced that Director of Rugby Young has signed a “new long-term extension to his contract” as he aims to bring Wasps to the next level. Under his stewardship, the club have steadily risen in the table each year for six seasons, going from 11th in 2011-12 to first last year.
Chief Executive Nick Eastwood was under no illusions as to how big a lift it is for the club.
“This is a massively important announcement regarding the long-term future of the club. Dai is one of world rugby’s most respected figures and I am delighted that he will be staying with us.
Following his exploits in England, many Welsh rugby fans are talking Young up as a potential head coach for the national team should Warren Gatland depart after the 2019 World Cup.
Young did not play these links down, and admitted that they are flattering.
“As a proud Welshman, I am obviously humbled by being talked about as a possible future national coach. However, here at Wasps, we have made really good progress over the past few years and there is still so much to come.
“I am excited by the potential this squad has and I want to be here to help them fulfill it. We were only seconds away from lifting the trophy last season and I want to play my part in going that final step and taking this squad as far as I know it can. Our fans and everyone at the club deserve success and I want to be here to help us achieve it.”