Oct 12, 2017
In Focus: Max Malins looking to build on Premiership opportunities
On the back of his first Premiership appearance of the season and a new two-year contract, fly-half Max Malins is looking to push forward for more opportunities with the side.
Malins, 20, came off the bench in Saracens’ 38-19 win over Wasps. He helped lead England Under-20’s to the Junior World Championships final in the summer, and continues to impress behind the team’s deep crop of No.10’s.
With Owen Farrell and Alex Lozowski ahead of him, Malins could not be in a better position to develop and learn from the best.
He said: “I get motivation each and every day training with the senior team. It really motivates me to kick-on and try and get there to that standard.
“You can’t really get two better fly-half’s than that to learn from.”
Not many 20-year-olds get the opportunity to help lift their team to the top of the Premiership, but Malins has shown an ability to stay calm under pressure.
He kicked a game winning penalty against Australia in the Junior World Championships and is learning to cope with every challenge thrown his way.
On appearing against Wasps, Malins said: “It was a great game to be a part of and it was a great experience for me.”
Away from his Premiership opportunities though, Malins has also been leading the way in Saracens Storm’s fast start in the A-League competition.
He and number eight Ben Earl have been challenged to take on more leadership responsibilities with the side, and it appears to be paying off.
Malins said: “We’ve been revelling in and love it. We’ve got a really tight group this year and I’m really enjoying my time playing in the A-League at the minute.”
Malins will have to show a degree of patience behind two bona-fide starters at his position and a squad full of talent across the board. However, the young star as shown humility and spoke about the advantages of being able to draw on so much experience.
Whatever happens though, Malins is certainly one to keep your eye on for the future.