Life at Saints proving beneficial for Burrell

LOVING LIFE AT THE GARDENS - Luther Burell (Picture: Linda Dawson)
LOVING LIFE AT THE GARDENS - Luther Burell (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Luther Burrell believes his game has improved hugely since his summer switch to Saints.

The former Sale Sharks centre has scored three tries in six appearances since moving to Franklin’s Gardens.

He wasn’t first choice at Sale, playing just three games for the Salford-based side after joining from Leeds Carnegie in 2011.

But an extended run in the Saints first team, which has seen the club win five of their first six Premiership games, has seen Burrell show his true colours.

And the 24-year-old was quick to hail the contribution of the Northampton management and players in aiding his rapid development.

“I’ve definitely improved a lot,” said Burrell. “It’s down to Grayson, Jim (Mallinder) and Dorian (West). They’ve worked hard at the technical aspects of my game and I’m still learning now.

“I still go to the offices and go through the video clips of the games at the weekend. On the training paddock I work on what I need to fix up.

“I’m always improving and having guys like George Pisi, (Dom) Waldouck, (Lee) Dickson, (Stephen) Myler and (Ryan) Lamb in the backline helps me advance to the next stage of my career.”

With Pisi out injured and not expected back for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury, Burrell has the chance to forge a partnership with England Saxons ace Waldouck.

The early signs are good, with Burrell’s power complementing the more intricate style of Waldouck, who, like his team-mate, revels in the physical nature of the game.

“We work well together,” said Burrell. “Dom’s a good player in his own right. He’s been in the Premiership for a number of years now so he’s got more experience than myself.

“It’s good being out there on the pitch with him and it was good being out there with George. I’m always learning and it’s good to have the competition. I’m really enjoying it.”