Jan 25, 2018
Tom Whiteley: "This Is A Massive Learning Opportunity"
Saracens half-back Tom Whiteley says that he is excited to get involved in Anglo-Welsh Cup action over the next two weeks, starting with the Dragons at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Should Whitely play at the weekend he will be making his tenth Saracens appearance and he says that he will draw on previous experiences as he heads into this Saturday's game in front of the Allianz Park faithful.
"Obviously this is a massive learning opportunity, I wanted to earn more game-time while Richard Wigglesworth was out for those two weeks, but those minutes I got were a valuable experience.
"I don't think you get a better stadium to play at than Clermont away and I also got to play at Leicester which is one of the biggest away days in the Premiership, those were amazing experiences that I'll treasure for a long time."
Adam Powell will be in charge of the team for the game and this week has called on leaders to step-up and help take the young Anglo-Welsh Cup squad forward. Whiteley says that is a role that he and regular half-back partner Max Malins are comfortable with going forward.
The 21-year-old said: "It's a massive opportunity for myself and Max Malins, leaders within the younger group, to start taking charge in everything that we're doing. It's a massive and valuable experience to lead a group of guys who want to do the same thing."
Sarries will travel to Sandy Park next weekend on February 3rd to play Exeter, rounding off the current block of Anglo-Welsh Cup games and the Men in Black will hope to be in the mix for qualification to the Semi-Finals with only the top team from each group going through
However, Whiteley is setting his sights further into the future, he hopes he can make an impact going beyond the current period and is looking forward to take every lesson from the next two games.
"These two weeks are perfect for opportunities to learn about our game, these periods don't come around very often, hopefully we've got a few more weeks after these two to prove ourselves. We see it as a massive learning curve and will continue to do so." He said.
"We get excited for these two weeks when they come, we get to play against some great names and this Dragons team is going to have a few names that fall into that category so I'm excited to test myself."