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Coach Paul Turner extends contract at the Dragons

Turner's fifth year in charge is proving arguably his most successful
Turner's fifth year in charge is proving arguably his most successful

Newport Gwent Dragons coach Paul Turner has signed a new two year contract extension with the region keeping him at Rodney Parade until May 2012.

The former-Wales fly-half, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season, is in his fifth year in charge.

The Dragons are Wales' top league side this season and do have slim hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.

"I don't feel the job is done here," Turner told BBC Sport Wales.

"I'm trying to assemble a hard-working squad.

"We've had our ups and downs but we've got to get a bit more consistency into our game and I think there's a lot of hard work still to be done."

Turner admitted he could have waited until next year to explore what other offers that may come forward.

But he said he was keen to commit to his home region.

"When the board sat me down and said what they'd like to offer me, I accepted," he said.

"There could have been offers coming out but it would've all been in the new year and I wanted to put pen to paper so I could carry on with the job."

Dragons chief executive Gethin Jenkins added: "Over the past five seasons we have seen the Dragons grow as an organisation, team and as individuals and Paul has played a key role in this regard.

"We are pleased that he will continue to help us with our aims of continued growth and development and the emergence of local talent."

Meanwhile, talks continue with candidates to replace departing forwards coach Leigh Jones, an expanded role for defence coach Colin Charvis a possibility.

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