Mar 01, 2018
Cowan can't wait to hit the ground running
The prospect of joining Saracens hadn’t crossed Blair Cowan’s mind 24 hours before his move to north London was announced.
The experienced 31-year-old loose forward joined the Men in Black from London Irish on a loan until the end of the campaign, ahead of the weekend’s Aviva Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs.
Cowan, who has been with the Exiles since 2013, says the decision for him to transfer to Allianz Park was agreed in principle by Mark McCall and Brendan Venter but he now ‘can’t wait to get involved’.
“It’s a very rare situation as both coaches came to an agreement and put it forward to me,” he told Saracens.com.
“It was a very fast turnaround – less than 24 hours. We spoke with the coaches and decided this could be a good move.
“To get a chance to play top end footy and have the chance to maybe be involved in a European final is pretty special.”
He added: “This sort of situation can be incredibly daunting but everyone has been incredibly welcoming and helped me so I can hit the ground running.”
Sarries and Irish have had a bit of a connection over the years with Venter, Dave Porecki, Petrus du Plessis and Ben Ransom all at the Madejski Stadium.
Cowan didn’t manage to speak to any of the former Wolfpack members before joining, however Sean Maitland was very pleased to be reacquainted with his fellow Scotland international.
“They (the guys at Irish) are extremely humble people and have been really good to me over the years and I can only imagine it’s a result of this club,” Cowan said.
“Sean is awesome and I’ve been good mates with him for a while. I spoke to him, he was excited and he’s definitely made the transition easy with a few jokes and what not! It was good to know someone like him here.
“The reception has blown me away; it has been unbelievable and everyone has made me feel really welcome.”
Fans can welcome Blair to the club by tweeting him @Blair_CowanTC.