Harlequins kept faith with A-League squad to win

Charlie Walker is in the Harlequins A Squad, has played for England U21 and is getting match time at Esher.

Without wanting to sound like too much of a cliche, winning the A-League final against Harlequins on Monday night was like an early Christmas present.

I know that sounds like a bit of a throw-away line but it was a fantastic feeling. We were clinical in everything we did and it was one of the best games I've been involved in.

We played Saracens off the park and it was nice for some of the guys who have been involved in four or five A-League finals without winning it, to finally get their hands on some silverware, especially after last year's final defeat to Exeter.
Unlike other clubs, when we got to the final, we stuck with the squad which had done the hard work to get us there. A lot of other clubs will chop and change, but we stayed together. I think the average age of the squad was about 23. Karl Dickson was the granddad of the side!

We had a few quiet drinks afterwards to celebrate and then we were back at the club on Tuesday morning for meetings and the focus returns straight away to the first team and adding more silverware for the club.
As you know, although I'm with Quins full-time I've been playing at Esher to get some game time. It's been going well for me and I'm feeling good. I'm creating a lot of opportunities and getting on the end of quite a few tries, which is obviously nice.

As a club, Esher have been going pretty well, although it wasn't a great performance in the loss at Richmond. I know the guys are keen to put that right and there's a good atmosphere in the changing room, as everyone wants to play for each other.
How quickly has Christmas come around, too? Last year, we had a game on Boxing Day so it made celebrating the previous day quite hard! This year the Academy has got three or four days off, which I'm looking forward to.

It will give me the chance to get home to Leicester and see family and friends. I'm looking forward to it, it will be good to relax and enjoy Christmas Day with the trimmings!
Looking ahead into the new year, obviously the A-League has finished now, so I'll sit down with Quins and we'll decide if I'm going to stick with Esher to get game time or look at something else.

There are a huge amount of first team games still to come for Quins. It's difficult for individuals to play every game in a season and I'm sure there will be opportunities in the LV, which I'm hoping to put my hand up for and be part of the squad effort.
But before that, it's Christmas! I hope you all have a great one.

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