Aug 30, 2018
It was a no-brainer to come back - Strettle
Not a lot has changed since David Strettle left Saracens for Clermont Auvergne in 2015.
The veteran winger enjoyed three seasons with the French outfit, winning the Pro 14 title, before penning a deal to return to north London ahead of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership campaign.
The majority of the playing squad remains the same however, and Strettle highlights that unity as one of few reasons for coming back to the club.
He said: “There’s a couple of new faces but it’s mainly the same team, just a little bit older. A few of the young academy players have obviously made the grade and are playing a bigger role now and I think that’s the sign of a good team. Team’s that stay together, win together.
“People talk about the culture here a lot. It’s place where there are no big egos; yes, someone might be a British & Irish Lion but they’re treated no differently to someone who is just making their first training session with the lads. Everyone feels like they have a part to play and everyone can speak in meetings; if a youngster has something to say then they’ll feel their voice is heard.
“It was a bit of a no-brainer to come back. I was lucky enough to go and play in France but I still wanted to play my final years in England in the Premiership and to have the opportunity to do that with Saracens I feel very lucky.”
Strettle believes his three years in France have given him a ‘new lease of life’ for Premiership action and despite being 35-years-old and in the twilight of his career, the ex-England man insists he still has a vast amount to contribute.
“I feel good; all my speed and agility times are the same as they were years ago.
“I want to play for as long as I know I’m at the level I want to be at. Having been lucky to have played at the top level for a long time, I think every player would say as soon as you feel you’re not operating at that level you start questioning your motivation.
“As long as I’ve got a chance to go on the pitch and my teammates to say ‘he’s a hell of a player still’ then I’ll carry on playing.
“I feel if anything my three years in France has given me a new lease of life back in the Premiership. If I’d have stayed at Saracens for the past three years I may not be feeling like I am now.”