LONDON Irish fly-half Theo Brophy Clews has signed a new contract – just hours after Alex Lewington confirmed he is joining Saracens next season.

Exiles say the 20-year-old has ‘extended his contract’ with the club without revealing the length of the deal.

Brophy Clews has made 35 appearances for Irish and scored four tries in last weekend’s European Challenge Cup win over Russian side Krasny Yar.

The former Abingdon School pupil became Exiles’ youngest ever try-scorer when he crossed the whitewash on his debut against Scarlets in the 2015 Anglo-Welsh Cup aged just 17.

Brophy Clews, who has amassed almost 100 points for London Irish, also helped England win the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship and the Six Nations title the following year.

He said: “London Irish is a club that I have wanted to be part of for a very long time and I’ve loved my time here so far.

“I feel a lot of loyalty towards the club and I’ve appreciated the opportunities that I’ve been given as well as the support of the coaches, medical team and the strength and conditioning department.

“There are a lot of great people at the club and I’m excited about my future here at London Irish.”

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Tom Fowlie has agreed a contract extension with London Irish.

Exiles’ director of rugby Nick Kennedy said: “Theo has come on immensely as a player and will continue to get better and better.

“At the age of 20, he’s already played a considerable amount of first team rugby and this has helped him to progress his game to a high standard.”

Meanwhile, Irish have been working hard to tie a number of other players down on long-term deals this week.

Centre Tom Fowlie, 22, has also penned a contract extension along with loosehead prop, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 23.

But Irish will bid farewell to Alex Lewington this summer after the club’s star winger announced he will be joining Saracens.

London Irish have also been the subject of a £3.5 million takeover bid from an Irish consortium this week.

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London Irish prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi.