James Johnston is enjoying his first week at Saracens and despite some first day nerves, the Samoan powerhouse is looking forward to making his mark with his new club.
“I’m settling in really well; everyone has been helpful and they have really welcomed me into the group” explained the 27 year old.
“I was a little nervous in the build-up to my first week here, it’s like going to a new school I suppose, but the lads have helped me get around the place and I have been introduced to everyone and it’s going really well so far.”
“Training has been good” added Johnston. “I’m just starting out this week as I have been away this summer with Samoa but looking at how hard the lads train you can tell that we are preparing for a big season at the club”.
Johnston is joining what is an already competitive squad at Saracens, and he believes his new club will be challenging for honours come the end of the season.
“I’ve sat down with the coaches and we’ve talked about where we want to be this year, and they’ve spoken about what they expect from me and I’m really happy with where we are heading”.
“There’s a great group of people already here at Saracens and our aim is to make some fantastic memories together, and hopefully along the way win trophies.
“I’m excited by this, but I know the hard work starts now, and that’s my focus. They are some fantastic players at the club, and we’ve got depth throughout the squad, so I’m under no illusions that I have to prove my worth to my new teammates and coaches, and I’m looking forward to doing so. ”
One such competition that Saracens will hopefully be mounting a serious challenge for is the Heineken Cup; and the composition of Heineken Cup Pool 3 has a special resonance with Johnston, as he will be facing his older brother, former Saracens prop Census, when the Men in Black face Toulouse at Wembley on the 18th October.
“The family have been excited for some time” he explained, “Census had great things to say about Saracens and when we drew Toulouse in the pool stages we were so excited at the prospect of facing each other.”
He added; “To get to play Toulouse at such an iconic stadium like Wembley makes it even more special, and myself and Census will get to face each other on the day.”
“On a personal note, it has all the makings of a special day for my family; I’m really excited”.
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