Former Wasps prop Phil Swainston has re-signed with Harlequins, having made his move from Coventry to Twickenham in 2017. Since arriving ahead of the 2017/18 season, Swainston has made 23 appearances in the quarters.
Swainston's recommitment to Harlequins comes following the news earlier today that 30-year-old scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone has signed a short-term contract extension to cover Martin Landajo's World Cup campaign with Japan, while head coach Paul Gustard readies his squad for a potential recall to England's squad for Danny Care.
On the announcement Paul Gustard commented: "I am delighted we have been able to re-sign the Swain Train for another year. When we looked into our retention for the 19/20 season we found ourselves in a situation where we couldnât accommodate Phil with the overriding need to improve the squad in some other critical areas, allied to the jigsaw of squad composition and the league salary cap. It was a difficult decision to make.
"We have been looking at adding another tighthead to the squad in the belief that Kyle [Sinckler] will be away a lot representing England and the depth we required with the two Josh's moving on.
"With some late movement in our squad in May we were able to look into Swaino's availability once more. It is therefore excellent news for Harlequins and the coaching staff that we have been able to secure Phil's services. He is a very popular member of the squad and has proven pedigree at Premiership level. He will add good depth in the position and like anyone at the Club is here to compete for a jersey."
On the re-signing of Mulchrone, Gustard said: "Charlie is a highly valued member of the squad and is well respected by all players and support staff alike with his consistent and competitive nature. He is a straightforward human being with good values and morals and exhibits the kind of behaviours that we want at the club - those that I know underpin highly successful organisations and teams.
"We would like to thank him for his continued service to the Club, his decision to stay with us and we look forward to his contribution during this important period on and off the field.
"With Martin most likely to be away and, of course we still hope that the evergreen DC is called up, we needed to make sure we have appropriate high-level cover to assist the exciting Niall Saunders as we start the season. Charlie had a frustrating time last season with injury, and I know he is very keen to hit the ground running in preseason."