Eadie: I can’t wait to learn from Saints stars

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By NEALE HAR­VEY

NORTHAMP­TON bound Mitch Eadie is ready to put Bris­tol’s rel­e­ga­tion night­mare be­hind him as he pre­pares to do bat­tle with Saints’ galaxy of back row stars.

Bris­to­lian Eadie, 24, who qual­i­fies for both Eng­land and Scot­land, ad­mits that leav­ing his cur­rent club in­volved much soul-search­ing, but is rel­ish­ing the thought of link­ing up with Test men Louis Pi­camoles, should he stay, and Tom Wood after agree­ing a three-year deal at Saints. Eadie told The Rugby

Pa­per: “Bris­tol means a lot to me – my fam­ily’s from here, I’m a true Bris­to­lian and it will be hor­ri­ble to move – but it’s purely down to my rugby and to go to Northamp­ton and learn from the top play­ers there will be ter­rific.

“Saints have qual­ity across the board and be­ing around in­ter­na­tion­als like Louis Pi­camoles, Tom Wood and Teimana Har­ri­son will bring out my best.

“They are all among the best back row­ers in the world so I’ll ab­sorb ev­ery­thing and pres­sure those guys for their places.

“I’ve been talk­ing a lot to (Saints head coach) Do­rian West and he’s told me to lay off the sum­mer burg­ers and come back as fit as I can.

“So that’s what I’ll do and, be­ing a rel­a­tively young player, I’m hop­ing to take as much from the ex­pe­ri­ence as I can.”

Eadie in­tends fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of for­mer Bris­tol team­mate El­lis Genge,

right, who joined Le­ices­ter last year and has rock­eted into Test con­tention. He said: “El­lis has been bril­liant and to be fly­ing the Bris­tol flag in Le­ices­ter and, hope­fully, for Eng­land is great. “I’ve got as­pi­ra­tions to play for Eng­land or Scot­land so it’s a case of per­form­ing really well for Saints and see­ing where that takes me.” Eadie does not rule out a fu­ture re­turn to Bris­tol, adding: “It’s hard for Bris­tol when guys leave but they’ve re­cruited well and they’ll re­group. They’ll re­spect the Cham­pi­onship and, hope­fully, they’ll come straight back up and do bet­ter next time. “I’ll give it a good crack at Saints but, never say never, I’d like to think I’ll play for Bris­tol at Ash­ton Gate again one day. “My fam­ily would love that.”

Am­bi­tious: Mitch Eadie hopes switch can help him ful­fil his in­ter­na­tional dream

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