In the aftermath of Saracens 51-10 victory over the Scarlets in round 2 of the LV=Cup, coach Alex Sanderson praised the clubs younger players for their contribution over the LV=Cup break.
14 players that have come through, or are still a part of the Saracens Academy took to the field against London Wasps and the Scarlets and Academy Manager Don Barrell is understandably enthused by the impact of some of Saracens younger players.
“It’s very exciting” said Barrell.
“It’s a great representation of how the club puts a great value on the Academy system – it’s a system that has been producing for many years now and it’s obviously been paying dividends for the boys who are now taking to the field.
Barrell added; “I think the job of the Academy, is to prepare these kids from when they leave school for the senior squad.
“The LV=Cup gives the boys the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Charlie Hodgson, Neil de Kock and many other seasoned and experienced players. It’s an incredible opportunity for them to go into match situations alongside players of that ilk, and in terms of development, it’s fantastic for the players involved.
He added; “The beauty here at Saracens is the Academy boys are treated and integrated into the senior squad; they see the standard they need to get to, and they see the level that they will need to work at - they are all hugely driven and motivated characters.
“So when they do get the opportunity, they are taking it, and that is really pleasing to see”.