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Saracens new signing Tim Streather says being overlooked by boyhood club Worcester Warriors has spurred him on
New Saracens signing Tim Streather says rejection at his boyhood club Worcester Warriors only spurred him on and admits he is looking forward to playing his former team in a Sarries shirt this season.
Streather, who was born and bred in Worcester, joined the Warriors academy as a schoolboy and was nurtured through the club’s ranks until he left school.
Giving up other sports – he played football for Coventry City for a short time – Streather chose to dedicate all his attention to rugby.
But when the time came to make the step up to the senior squad, Worcester chose not to offer Streather a first-team contract.
Four successful years at Championship side Nottingham followed, where he scored 32 tries in 69 games, before Streather earned himself a move to Sarries this summer.
“Not getting taken on at Worcester certainly wasn’t nice at the time,” Streather said. “I don’t hold a grudge, if you’re not in favour you’re not in favour but obviously at the time it was very frustrating for me to not get the chance I felt I deserved.
“I don’t hold a grudge against them but you do use it as motivation when someone doesn’t think you’re good enough for their plans.
“My sole focus is to be the best I can be for myself, not for anyone else, but those past experiences can certainly spur you on.
“When you don’t feel loved somewhere and you go somewhere else you want to take the opportunity to do better.”
Streather has already faced Worcester for Nottingham, playing against them four times the season after Worcester were relegated to the second tier, but the 25-year-old admits he’s “definitely looking forward to” the first match-up this season on December 28.
Last year’s Championship Player of the Year will add precision and penetration to the Saracens central midfeld season which already boasts the likes of Brad Barritt, Joel Tomkins and Duncan Taylor.
And while Streather is delighted to be plying his trade alongside those names, he insists he joined Saracens to play.
“It’s definitely a big challenge but I’m not just here to train, I’m here to play,” Streather said. “That’s why I joined the club and that’s what I’m aiming for.
“I want to improve as a player regardless. One of the huge attractions of coming to this club was looking forward to playing with these players.
“It’s only going to make me a better player and I'm really looking forward to learning from them but also pushing for a place at the same time.”
Streather can empathise with Saracens’ play-off disappointments last season having suffered similar semi-final heartache for Nottingham, who lost to Bedford Blues.
Watching from afar though, Streather was struck by the spirit evident among the Saracens players.
“Watching them on the pitch, they always seemed to have a very close group of players and that always seemed to help them,” he said.
“Coming into this environment now, you can see it close up – it’s just another level really – you can see that spirit helps them not just in training and matches but in everything they do."
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