Former Saracens and Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Kevin Barrett says he is looking forward to returning to Exeter’s Sandy Park this weekend as part of Saracens backroom staff.
The recently retired former England Sevens captain had two spells with the Devonshire club during his playing career, where he made 136 appearances for the Chiefs.
“I can’t wait to go back actually. I have a lot of good friends down in Exeter and I have a lot of fond memories of Sandy Park” said Barrett who made 14 appearances for Saracens and captained the club to the 2010 JP Morgan 7s title.
On Saracens chances this weekend, Barrett said; “I think it’s going to be a real challenge. Exeter are a side that are very strong at home, they draw energy from their support and they love playing against the big guns because they want to test themselves and prove that they are a top side, which I guess they are doing if you look at the league table.
He added; “Exeter is the capital of Devon, it’s in a prime location and it doesn’t have much competition from any other sports so anyone down in Devon and the south-west will come and watch the Chiefs play and the big fixtures with the big names will always draw a big crowd in that part of the world - it will be a tough game”.
Since hanging up his playing boots at the end of last season the 33 year-old has taken up a Strength and Conditioning role with Saracens and Barrett says he has relished his new found role.
“I’ve massively enjoyed the role so far” he enthused.
“It’s been fun, challenging and I’m working alongside some brilliant individuals in the strength and conditioning department but more importantly, I think I am working within a great team” added Barrett.