Northampton Saints are set to go from strength to strength in the Aviva Premiership Rugby after securing the signatures of four key backs, according to prop Alex Waller.
The club announced earlier this week that George Pisi, Stephen Myler, Tom Stephenson and James Wilson had all signed new contracts to keep them at Franklin’s Gardens for the foreseeable future.
And with Northampton flying high again in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table – their 23-19 victory over Leicester Tigers last weekend despite Dylan Hartley’s red card ensuring they would top the standings over Christmas – 24-year-old Waller insists the future is bright for the club.
“That’s massive news,” he said. “George, Jimmy and Stevie (Myler) are a huge part of this squad every day, and (Tom) Stevo has obviously come up through the ranks and is now doing a great job.
“He can play both in Europe and in the Premiership and make a difference wherever he is, so it’s great that we can keep him.
“Moving forward the future does look very promising for the club with the young lads we have, as well as the senior guys that want to stay on, continue to progress and hopefully win a bit more silverware.
“Last weekend was fantastic for us. The derby days are always the biggest games that you look for when the calendar is released and to get the win is a brilliant occasion for all.
“The second-half was arguably our best performance of the season being down to 14 men. We were under the cosh a bit, but we did really well as a team.
“Being a man down we were able to react to that and our fitness really showed. I think our squad is very confident now and we know we can do that if we have to.
“It’s always pleasing personally to go over for a try too – it doesn’t happen too often! It was a good team try and I’m just happy I could get on the end of it.”
Saints take on Harlequins in the Christmas ‘Big Game’ on Saturday, and Waller admitted not being involved on Boxing Day is a big boost for squad morale.
He said: “Playing on Saturday we have Christmas Day off, which is great. We’re back in late on Boxing Day, so we’ve got a day and a half off with the family to catch up and have some food.
“A lot of the guys get a lot from that, so it is a bit of a bonus.
“Christmas is always a tricky one as we always have games going on, but it’s part of the game and something we are used to.
“You just have to get on with it as there is plenty of time after rugby to have some time off after Christmas.
“All the boys have been good this year, so hopefully Santa will be generous and we can come in and show all our gifts off on the Friday.”
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