Saracens Academy winger Nathan Earle learning from internationals
Saracens academy star Nathan Earle is relishing the opportunity to prove his credentials alongside the senior squad.
Last Updated: 19/07/13 1:06pm
The 18-year-old is one of seven academy players who has been training with the first team squad during pre-season.
Earle joined the Saracens academy at 15 and the talented winger is enjoying the challenge of playing alongside a senior squad full of international experience.
"The quality is so much better and we are expected to work so much harder, to stand out you've got to be busting a gut at every opportunity and try to be flawless with everything you do," he told the club's official site.
"Initially I was a bit starstruck; you see the lads in the club and of course you are aware of them, but getting to train with the senior squad you quickly realise they are just normal, down to earth people who are willing to pass down their expertise to make us better players and people.
"It's quite surreal at times when you train with seasoned internationals and house hold names, but it something that is highly enjoyable and I'm sure I speak for the majority of the academy boys, that it is something that will be of great benefit for us. It's so much fun; it's a dream job."
Earle is one of several exciting prospects in the Saracens youth system and academy manager Don Barrell believes the back's eagerness to learn stands him in good stead.
"I think first and foremost Nathan is a great lad to have in our system," Barrell added.
"He's a really hard worker since we've had him in, he's always willing to learn and look above and ask questions, I think that kind of attitude and work ethic has helped him get a place in the senior academy and learn from some of the best guys around.
"Nathan brings many attributes; he's a great ball carrier, he can kick and play out of hand well, he is solid defensively and is an exciting runner. He's got the beauty here of having some truly world class players to learn from so I think he's in a great environment to learn his trade."