Mar 12, 2015
A Foot in Both Camps - Alan Dickens
With Saracens facing Northampton Saints on Saturday afternoon, we take a look at the career of former Saracens scrumhalf Alan Dickens.
The ex-Sale Sharks and Leeds Tykes No9 played over 100 Premiership games in a career that saw the former Derby junior represent both Saracens and Northampton.
Dickens started his career with Sale Sharks in 2001 where he played under the tutelage of current Saints director of rugby, Jim Mallinder.
After one season at the Sharks, Dickens moved across the Pennines to sign for Leeds Tykes where he made 72 first team appearances, collecting a Powergen Cup winner’s medal in the process.
Then at the age of 29, he made the move South, signing for Saracens in the summer of 2005 joining summer recruit Rugby League international Andrew Farrell in the Sarries squad.
"He's a good signing for us," said then Saracens director of rugby Steve Diamond.
"He is a very competent player with a lot of Premiership experience and it's good to have in on board. He is English through and through and is a non-international, which fits in with our recruitment policy. I expect him to pushing hard to be the number one when he gets here and he'll prove to be a good addition."
Dickens made his debut for the club in the London Double Header at Twickenham against London Wasps and went onto represent the club 30 times in the Premiership in three year stint with the club.
In 2008 he moved to Northampton Saints where he made 16 league appearances and after Paul Grayson departed the clubs coaching staff in 2012, Dickens stepped up to the role of assistant coach, a role he still holds today.