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“We want him to stay”-Billy Millard gives update on Danny Care future

Harlequins Director of Rugby Billy Millard has publicly declared his desire to keep iconic scrum-half Danny Care at the club next season.

The England international, who retired from international duty this week after winning 101 caps for his country, is out of contract at the end of the season and is thought to be in high demand both from Premiership clubs and abroad.

Speaking to the media today, Millard said he would like to see Care finish his career at the club, but knows his half-back faces a big decision on his future.

“We left him alone during the Six Nations and we’ve got a head of recruitment and a few of us have got involved, but there’s ongoing discussions,” he said.

“We want him to stay. He’s got a young family and his wife has got a great job, there’s a lot of factors he needs to consider.”

Millard also confirmed the pair will be ‘catching up’ ahead of any developments on his future: “we’ll be catching up each day as we go now, but hopefully by next week we’ll be able to move forward.”

Care, 37, moved to the Stoop in 2006 from Leeds Tykes, and has gone onto make over 300 appearances for the club. In his 18 years at Harlequins, he has won two Premiership titles and a European Challenge Cup.

With his future still in the air, any move away from the Stoop would likely be the last of his career; but Millard expressed his desire to see Care run his playing days out in Quins colours.

“It would be awesome for everyone. You don’t see that much these days, especially someone who started with us so young. As I said, I’ve only been a small part of it but I think that would be fantastic for him and the club and obviously that’s part of his thinking as well.”

Millard on Care following England retirement

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Yesterday, it was confirmed Danny Care was stepping away from England duty after 12 years.

Despite a four-year hiatus, and competing with England’s most capped male Ben Youngs, Care has recorded an astonishing 101 caps for his country; with the last coming against France this Six Nations.

His England career will go down as arguably one of the greatest of all time, and Millard was full of praise for his scrum-half.

“When you coach guys like DC or you’re involved in these roles with guys like DC, there’s not many of them left,” he said.

He added: “What I love about him is he’s got that old school rugby values that are so critical to pass down to Marcus and the younger guys. He works really hard, he’s very professional; but he also has great rugby banter, he’s got a bit of cheekiness about him.

“It’s always a pleasure to be involved with someone like that, it’s been immense for England, I don’t usually go to Six Nations games but I went to that one just out of respect for him and we’re all really proud of him.”