The 34-year-old flanker has turned out 226 instances up to now in Black, Inexperienced and Gold since making his debut 11 seasons in the past – scoring 21 tries alongside the best way.
Wooden has already written himself into Northampton folklore in a decade on the Gardens up to now, and joined Saints’ revered ‘200 membership’ in 2019.
The abrasive and athletic again row has claimed Gallagher Premiership (2014), European Problem Cup (2014), Premiership Rugby Cup (2019), and Premiership Participant of the Season (2011) titles throughout his tenure on the Membership, in addition to serving to Saints attain the Heineken Cup ultimate in 2011.
“It’s superior to be staying on at Saints,” he mentioned. “I’ve actually loved being part of this group, and emotionally talking the Membership is such a giant a part of my life, so to be given this chance is a large privilege.
“I’ve solely ever wished to remain round so long as I’m able to fulfil my function as a participant; I solely wish to be right here if I’m competing, giving my greatest on matchday and in coaching every week. So, it’s actually necessary to me that I’m in real rivalry for a beginning spot – that’s been the case this 12 months, so I hope to proceed that transferring forwards.
“I hope I set a great instance across the Membership by the best way I play and conduct myself, and that my expertise does rub off on a few of the children.
“As a gaggle, we all know we’re able to a lot greater than we now have delivered this 12 months. That’s hopefully a part of our improvement and we’ll study the teachings we have to forward of subsequent season, and be higher for it.”
Able to taking part in throughout all three again row positions, Wooden will at all times be remembered at Franklin’s Gardens for scoring the last-gasp decisive strive within the 2014 Premiership semi-final towards Leicester Tigers, earlier than captaining Northampton in two finals throughout Saints’ double-winning season.
He has additionally amassed 50 caps for England throughout his time at Saints; showing at two Rugby World Cups and serving to the senior Males’s group to a Six Nations triumph in 2017.
He mentioned: “Woody brings a large quantity of expertise and management to our group, and also you completely can’t underestimate the contributions he has made on the sector this season – he’s performed very effectively.
“He nonetheless looks like he’s mentally and bodily able to making a giant contribution subsequent season, and is a good lieutenant for Alex Waller and Lewis Ludlam across the place.
“In any organisation – elite sport or in any other case – it’s so necessary to have individuals inside which can be deeply, emotionally related to that organisation.
“Woody’s that form of man; he was by no means seeking to play his rugby anyplace else, and whereas he’s effectively set-up for his post-rugby life each time his retirement comes, he’s not prepared to hold up his boots simply but which is nice information for Northampton Saints.”