Jan 17, 2017
Clark signing 'fantastic business’ says Sanderson
Alex Sanderson has hailed Saracens’ capture of Calum Clark after the Allianz Park outfit announced the signing of the Northampton Saints flanker for the 2017/18 season earlier today.
As an abrasive and uncompromising flanker in his own playing days, Sanderson, who is Forwards and Defence coach at the Club, said he was looking forward to working with one of the league’s ‘finest back row forwards’ from next season.
“It’s a fantastic piece of business, as Calum’s one of the league’s finest in our opinion,” hailed the 37-year old coach. “He is a player we have a lot of respect for and he’s been at the heart of some classic battles between Sarries and Saints over the last few years, so we’re delighted he’ll be on our side of the tracks next season.
“He’s been in and around the England squad in the past and in our opinion he’s an international class loose-forward. He’s a down to earth bloke, and we feel he’ll fit in here very easily when he arrives in the summer.”
Clark joins a list of quality back row forwards next season, with Schalk Burger, Will Fraser, Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola and youngsters Joel Conlon, Ben Earl and Jack Nay also pushing for selection.
Sanderson added; “It’s a game of attrition, and no more so than in the back row and Calum will add to our resources for sure. He’s a hungry player, with a real appetite to keep on improving and we believe a new environment will get the best out of him to take the next step. It’s a great signing".