Aug 21, 2017
Young stars making waves ahead of season opener
Saracens promising crop of young players are eager to contribute more after an impressive preseason.
A strong development program, predominantly through Saracens Academy, has established a reputation in North London for growing talent, producing world class players including Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell.
Now the next generation of young standouts are coming through, and they are looking to earn senior team opportunities.
Fly-half Max Malins, 20, who this year helped England Under-20’s to the final of the Junior World Championships, slotting a game winning penalty over Australia in the quarter finals, in particular is keen to build on his impressive form.
He said: “I think this year it’s just trying to push and get as many appearances as I can for Sarries.
“Obviously I’ve got a high level of people ahead of me, but hopefully I’ll get my opportunities when they’re on international duty and maybe get off the bench a bit and see what I can do in those areas.”
Malins scored a try in Saracens preseason opener in Bermuda, and made two out of three conversions on Saturday against Bedford Blues.
He is one of a number of Academy graduates turning heads, such centre Tom Griffiths, who has scored tries in both fixtures, and prop Hayden Stringer-Thompson who is continuing his transition from flanker to the front row.
Talking about the group, Malins said: “We’ve definitely got a good relationship.
“Obviously, you create bonds, both on and off the field. I lived with six of them last year, so hopefully we can all push on to bigger and better things.”
With only one preseason match remaining, this Friday against Global Network side Timisoara Saracens at Allianz Park, the Men in Black will be looking to explore the squad’s depth as much as possible to get ready for a tough season ahead.