Vet­eran Saints must earn their shirts says Vesty

The Rugby Paper - - Fixtures - NEALE HAR­VEY

SAM Vesty in­sists youth will be given a chance at Northamp­ton and says there are no sa­cred cows as far as far as se­lec­tion is con­cerned.

Saints’ re­cent academy through­put has been dis­ap­point­ing. How­ever, prop Ehren Painter was blooded at the end of last sea­son and new boss Chris Boyd has stated his com­mit­ment to play­ing Eng­land U20s stars like James Grayson.

Cen­tre Fraser Ding­wall, prop Toby Trinder and flanker Lewis Lud­lam are bang­ing on the door and backs coach Vesty is de­ter­mined to give them their heads.

Vesty, newly ar­rived from Worces­ter, told The

Rugby Pa­per: “It’s ex­cit­ing to see what a lot of our guys did with the U20s and there are good young­sters at this club. We are go­ing to back th­ese boys and give them all the sup­port we can.

“We’ve in­her­ited a re­ally com­pet­i­tive squad and ev­ery­thing’s up for grabs now with a new set of eyes coach­ing-wise. The gaunt­let has been thrown down to the se­nior play­ers and whether you’ve been at the club for ten or 12 years or you’re just com­ing out of school, it’s a fresh start for ev­ery­one and that breeds com­pet­i­tive­ness.”

Vesty, mean­while, is ready to stamp his own mark on Northamp­ton as he looks to progress his coach­ing ca­reer. Hav­ing as­sisted Eng­land on their tour of Ar­gentina in 2017, he makes no bones about where his am­bi­tions lie.

He said: “If I was ever asked I’d love to coach my coun­try, but at the mo­ment I need as much coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble.

“Northamp­ton’s a big club with solid foun­da­tions and Chris Boyd wants to bring through a young, English coach­ing group. For the fu­ture that’s what lots of Premier­ship clubs should be do­ing and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Saints kick-off their sea­son with a de­mand­ing trip to Glouces­ter be­fore fac­ing Har­lequins and Sara­cens at home.

Vesty added: “This com­pe­ti­tion just gets stronger each year and if you ask peo­ple now, you’d strug­gle to name a top four. Our re­mit is to make play­ers bet­ter and if we do that we’ll give our­selves a chance.”

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