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