Freeman relishing chance to make Premiership impact at the Stoop
The years of waiting are finally over for Toby Freeman who cannot wait to play in Gallagher Premiership Rugby for the first time for Harlequins this season.
The 31-year-old joined from Cornish Pirates this summer and brings a wealth of experience with him to the Stoop having played over 100 games in the Championship.
He follows a well-trodden path from the Pirates to the Stoop, with the likes of Dave Ward and Matt Hopper having previously made the same move.
Playing in Gallagher Premiership Rugby was always Freeman’s dream. Now the opportunity has come around, the lock plans to relish every moment.
“I think a few of the lads are already bored of me saying how much I am looking forward to the season getting started,” said Freeman.
“Playing for a Premiership club is something I have been chasing for quite a long time. It was a big lifetime goal of mine.
“I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to be involved – especially because it’s for such a big club like Harlequins.
“I’ve always been very open in saying that I fully intend to play in the Premiership, and I’m delighted the Harlequins coaches have put their faith in me and hopefully I can repay their trust.”
Freeman joins Harlequins as they attempt to build on last season’s fifth-place finish in 2019/20 with the added bonus of competing in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Paul Gustard’s side could not have been closer to making last season’s semi-finals, finishing level on points with Northampton Saints in fourth but ending up fifth on points difference.
For Freeman, securing a semi-final spot will be crucial in order to celebrate a successful season at the Stoop and the second row is ready to do everything he can to help Harlequins get there.
“I pride myself on my work rate and I think I can bring some physicality to our game in the second row,” added Freeman.
“Any part I can play in improving this group of players and helping them push on from last year, I will grab the opportunity with both hands.
“We’re all very excited about the challenge at Sandy Park on the opening weekend. If we get our performance right, the result will take care of itself.
“But whether I’m on the pitch or not, either side of that coin, I will be pulling my weight to drive this team forward in the right direction.
“Individually, my ambition is to start a game of Premiership Rugby. It’s the dream to finally be involved in the league.
“When I get given the opportunity to pull the shirt on, hopefully I can do it proud.”