Saracens chief Mark McCall has insisted he is happy with how the club is progressing despite finishing the season without any silverware. The Londoners suffered a disappointing semi-final defeat to Leicester last month, condemning the defending Premiership champions to a trophy-less season.
Big-spending owner Nigel Wray had made no secret of his desire for the club to make it back-to-back Premiership titles, however, things haven’t gone to plan and the team were often found wanting in the high-pressure matches.
The negative backlash following the Leicester defeat will have hurt the team – especially following their impressive displays in the Heineken Cup - however, director of rugby McCall has made it clear there is still plenty of optimism within the club and a real focus on the team achieving their targets for next season.
While Saracens’ results may not have gone according to plan towards the end of the season, there have been some successes this year in other areas. Youngsters Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt have both established themselves in Stuart Lancaster’s England plans, highlighting the work being done at the club in their development of fresh talent.
McCall pointed to the emergence of the talented youngster at the club as one of the success stories from the season, insisting there were plenty of positives to take from this year despite the doom and gloom story being reported by some parts of the media.
"It hasn't been a bad season," McCall said. "This year alone we came third in the regular season, two points behind the leaders."
"We got through to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup, which is the first time we've done that."
"We've got some new players who are playing for England, so there are a lot of good things happening at the club.”
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