19th Sep, 2017

Youngster Howe looking to make first-team breakthrough

Aaron Wise 6th Sep, 2017 Updated: 6th Sep, 2017

SPEEDY young winger Tom Howe has set his sights on breaking into Warriors’ starting 15 during his debut season with the club.

After watching and admiring how last season’s academy youngsters Perry Humphreys, Josh Adams, Jack Singleton and Jamie Shillcock secured first-team contracts, the 22-year-old former Wasps academy player hopes to ‘follow in their footsteps’.

Having only picked up two Premiership caps with last season’s Premiership finalists, the England age-group regular is itching to make an instant impact with his new club through his pace and work rate.

“My aim is to definitely become a first-team regular. As a young player at Wasps it was tough to get game time as there’s so many big names. I got a few Premiership caps whilst with the club so hopefully I’ll push on and get a few more here,” said Howe.

“We’ve got a lot of young players pushing for first-team places and getting their starts as well, such as Perry, Josh and Jack. I came here for the opportunity to play more rugby, so hopefully I can follow their footsteps and get my name on a shirt.

“Those guys were just academy players but they pushed on to secure first-team contracts so it proves it can be done.

“I think my pace and work rate will benefit the team and hopefully I’ll get some one-on-ones with the forwards and beat them with my footwork and gas. I’m not the biggest guy but I like to back myself in a one-on-one situation.

“I’ve had my fair share of game time across our three pre-season matches, so hopefully I’ve shown enough to be given an opportunity. As a young player it’s exciting to get on the big stage and I want to get a taste of it here,” he added.

 

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