It's a new year and new start - well, maybe not a new start but certainly a new challenge for me. You may or may not already know, but earlier this week I re-signed with Harlequins.
Obviously I'm delighted. I'm told in the press release that went out, that myself and the other boys who have re-signed - Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Darryl Marfo, Joe Trayfoot and Jack Clifford - were described as 'bright young English talents'.
That's a compliment, of course, but it also sums up just what the club is all about. Quins isn't known for bringing in lots of foreign players. It's focus is on nurturing young players.
That has been the process for the past few years and you can see that from the squad now. The values of the club are brilliant and I'm grateful to them for showing so much faith in me. It's not just the coaches who are showing faith either, it's the senior players.
There is a great atmosphere here at the minute and I'm really pleased to have got things sorted nice and early. We have weekly meetings with the club and they tell us what they want from us and we look at how the best way forward is. Everything is going well and I'm looking forward to continuing to learn, play and push on.
It's a big time for the club. We've already wrapped up the A League and now we go into the LV Cup. I'm sure that will provide some opportunities to get game time. We're well placed in the Heineken Cup as well, although that's on the back burner for now. You can tell in training where the club is at. The intensity is definitely ramping up.
That's the rare chance we do get to train in between the snow, of course! I spoke to my mum and dad up in Leicester the other day and I reckon we've had it worse down here. It's been really heavy so we've been confined to conditioning and just keeping things ticking over. It's not the end of the world though because at this stage of the season you don't need to be smashing people in training, we know where we're at.
I'm still getting in game time at Esher, too. We've had a couple of great wins recently and are unbeaten so far this year. I've been playing at full-back and that's probably my second position now. I much prefer playing 15 to the wing as it gives me chance to get my hands on the ball more.
Our coach at Esher, former Tiger and England cnetre Ollie Smith, has faith in me at full-back and obvisously, he's not a bad judge, so that gives me a lot of confidence.
We've beaten Macclesfield and had a great win at Loughborough Students the other week. They're a young team and play a similar game to us but we ran them off the park and it was great to be involved in.
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