The James Grayson Blog
The season continues…
The end of the season finished slightly rosier than the rest of the premiership campaign for Northampton Saints. With a solid performance away at Wasps, picking up 2 points against the title contenders, that sent us into the final weekend of the season with a little bit of confidence. We welcomed Worcester to a sun bathed Franklins Gardens with almost a full house. A slow start for us looked like it may be a long afternoon; however after 20 minutes we hit our stride and scored some brilliant tries, running out eventual winners. The afternoon was all geared towards us as group, sending off some club legends on their new adventures. To name a few; Stephen Myler, Christian Day, Ben Foden and George North were among the 18 players departing from the Gardens this summer. The majority of the Franklins Gardens faithful stayed to wish all the boys the best in their next steps, whether they’re signing for another club or retiring from the game. Following on from this we had a brilliant end of season dinner at the club, there were many players getting their 50th and 100th caps – which is always great to see. This was a good finish to a long season and now it is time for a well deserved rest… for some of us.
There is no rest for some of the younger boys, as we have the U20’s World Championship coming up in the south of France! Fraser Dingwall, Ehren Painter, Toby Trinder and myself will be representing England in the Junior World Championship in June and it is something that we are tremendously excited about. We were on training camps down in Bisham Abbey last week in preparation for the tournament and we fly out on the 30th of May! It is a dream come true to represent your country, and it will be even more special to do it in a world competition with some great boys from the Saints! We have Scotland, Argentina and Italy in our group. This means we get a chance to play Scotland again (fingers crossed we’ll get our own back from the Six Nations). I think we are all very excited for that opportunity! There will be updates as the tournament progresses (I’m pretty sure they have wifi by the pool).
On a personal note, this year has been really positive so far. I made my debut for my home town club, something I have dreamed of since I can remember. I’ve been involved in a Derby Day win, which is something that does not happen very often and I have had the chance to play with some brilliant players and some even better lads. I was lucky enough to be voted as Young Player of the Year for 2018 and it’s a great honour to have won the award, some brilliant players have won it before me and I hope to go on and emulate what some of them have done for the club. The year isn’t over for me, we still have a job to do out in France and I’m eager to get stuck into that with a really hungry group of players. Once that is finished, I will be off on a little holiday to get some R&R and then get back in with OCM while I have some time off from playing and training to do some studying. It has been an awesome year so far and I want to thank everyone who has supported and helped me, it means the world and more!
Have a good week.