Nottingham Rugby in talks with head coach Martin Haag over new deal
NOTTINGHAM Rugby have opened talks with head coach Martin Haag over a new deal.
And the 44-year-old has revealed to the Post he is ready to commit his future to the club.
The former England international has done a great job since taking charge at Meadow Lane last July.
The Green and Whites look certain to finish in the Championship play-offs and have already reached the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup this season.
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They are in third place in the table ahead of facing Haag's old club Bristol, who are fourth, away tonight (7.45pm) and Haag said: "I'm looking forward to staying.
"There is a little bit of a chat going on at the moment.
"I'm really positive about what we have done so far this year and the important thing for me is focusing on the next five or six league games.
"I've been really happy here, I've really enjoyed it and it's about continually improving what we're doing.
"It's about the club moving forward."
Haag was forwards coach at Bristol when they won promotion into the Premiership, but was sacked by them in 2007.
He led Nottingham to a massive 63-7 win against them at Meadow Lane back in November and relishes returning to the Memorial Stadium.
"We've done really well this year and we have to finish the job off, which is finishing in the top four and then seeing what happens," he added.
"I'm really positive about the future."
Haag has also revealed he wants to keep the majority of his squad for next season.
Captain Brent Wilson has already agreed a new deal and young trio Joe Munro, Rupert Cooper and Joe Cobden also put pen to paper on contract extensions last week.
"We want good players to stay at this club," said Haag.
"We want them to stay and be part of the process of going forward.
"There are other players in negotiations.
"All these things take a bit longer than you hope, but we've got a really good squad and we'll be looking to keep the majority of it together and hope that we can strengthen it again because we can't stand still."