Duncan Taylor is hoping to build on a successful 2012/13 season, where the talented three-quarter gained full international representation with Scotland in their tour to South Africa this summer.
“I’ve played in all three preseason fixtures and all have gone pretty well in terms of my form” said Taylor, “so in that regard it’s good to get out there on the pitch. Game time is important for me and it is something I can hopefully get more of this season, so just need to keep working hard.”
“There is so much quality here at the club – throughout the squad. The team is littered with top class players and no more so than in the back-line” he explained.
He is a one member of a host of talented three-quarter players who are looking to make an impression this year at Saracens, and with the signing of Tim Streather and the return of Michael Tagicakibau, Taylor is under no illusions that securing a place in the Saracens squad will be tougher than ever.
“It’s always good having competition and at Saracens – you’re always fighting for that position in the starting XV, or even a place on the bench now – as we have such a strong squad here. There have been extra additions in the summer and that can only be a good thing, competition is healthy and it shows they are great signs for the club as a whole”.
“It is something that as a player you enjoy – it drives you on even more to succeed”.
Taylor earned his first full international cap for Scotland in the summer and hopes to add more caps this season, but the 6’3 centre or winger maintains that his priority is to play well for Saracens.
“I’d love to keep playing for Scotland, and to do that I need to be getting game time here and I need to be justifying my selection at Saracens by playing good rugby. That’s the main aim for me, and if I do that, the rest will hopefully follow suit”.
“I’m pretty happy about where I’m at in terms of my form at the moment. I really enjoyed my time with Scotland in the summer but I’m looking to continue progressing this season and really kick on” explained the 24 year-old.
His progression over the last two seasons from Championship player to a full international is something that is not lost on backs coach (former Saracens centre) Kevin Sorrell, who has praised the ex-Bedford bolter for his progression since his time with the club.
“His progress over the last two years of the club has been outstanding and it has really pleased us a coaching team” said Sorrell
“He’s going really well at the moment and has done ever since he came into the academy. He has served his apprenticeship, and has acquitted himself with great distinction both at first team level here at the club, and most recently with his national side”.
Sorrell added; “He’s the embodiment of the kind of player any coach would like to work with; he’s hard-working, grounded and always looking to improve, and we believe that he has all the tools to kick on this season.”