Jul 16, 2013
Barrett delighted to be back at Saracens
Former Saracens scrum-half Kevin Barrett has spoken about his return to the club, after the former England 7s star decided to hang his boots up to become a strength and conditioner here at Saracens.
“It’s great to be back working within an environment where people are so keen to work hard and improve” said Barrett, who was part of the 2009 Saracens side that defeated South Africa at Wembley.
“I’ve always kept in contact with the club, and that’s because I really enjoyed my time here. Saracens were instrumental in influencing my decision to try to get into Strength & Conditioning after rugby and I think maintaining that contact allowed for a pathway back to the club. There was a position available and both parties agreed I fitted the bill”.
“I’m really enjoying the experience so far” added the 33-year old. “I’m learning a lot, having made the transition and switching over to the other side of coaching, and I don’t think there is a better place to learn than here at Saracens.
“At the moment I’m working with some of the guys coming back from injuries within the rehab team, with the aim of getting the players fit and strong so they can get back into regular training.”
After spending two seasons back at Sandy Park with the Exeter Chiefs following his previous spell at Saracens, Barrett decided to hang his boots up at the age of 32. In an era where players have increasingly had to retire due to injury at a young age, he is thankful to have the opportunity to retire on his own terms
“The opportunity came up to move into a field that I’ve always wanted to be involved in after rugby” said Barrett, “It’s been something that I have been working towards over the last few years and I thought whilst I’m still injury free now was the right time to make the switch. I’m just lucky that I have a chance to learn my trade at a great club”