Dual registration paying dividends says Dickens

Moseley loan regular Alex Day has impressed over the past fortnight for the Saints © www.redhatphoto.com

Academy News Dual registration paying dividends says Dickens

Saints assistant coach Alan Dickens has been pleased with the experience gained by a number of Academy players on dual registration, having seen as many as five who have been on loan impress in the past couple of weeks’ action.

Alex Day and Matt Williams are two of the most recent to spend time with Moseley before making their first pair of appearances in LV= Cup wins over Gloucester and London Irish, but in the past the likes of Tom Stephenson, Tom Collins, Ryan Glynn and Ethan Waller have also spent time learning in the lower leagues.

“The best way for players to learn is to play and the Championship is a tough league,” he told SaintsTV. “The boys are learning their trade there and it’s positive for the first team.

“It was a focus of Jim Mallinder’s about four years ago to really push the Academy and with Dusty Hare coming in, he’s had a big effect. We’ve got the boys playing as much as possible with the Academy programme and also the relationship we have with Moseley.

“Obviously Alex Woolford has featured for us as since moving to Moseley but we’ve also had a lot of players there as well - the two scrum-halves who have played over the past couple of weeks have both spent a lot of time with them.

Dickens, who spent the previous few seasons working with the youngsters before stepping up to first team duties says the coaches are also happy to have so many options around the field heading into this weekend’s Aviva Premiership tie with Newcastle.

“We’ve shown that we’ve got strength in depth and the boys that have played put in a great performance last week against Gloucester as well. A good example is someone like Tom Collins who came into the first team for the Premiership a few weeks back and has performed well.

“It’s going to be good to have those selection headaches.”

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