After a perfect ending to his Natal Sharks career South African centre Bradley Barritt says he is hugely excited to get his adventure with Saracens, and possibly even England, underway.
Barritt and fellow Currie Cup star Wikus van Heerdan have both signed up to join Eddie Jones as he continues to reshape the Sarries team and, fresh off a huge success in SA’s premier domestic competition Barritt says he is ready for his new challenge, according to www.rugby365.com.
“Obviously, this Currie Cup success has been a great way to leave,” he said.
“With the Currie Cup being steeped in such tradition, it was an honour and a privilege to be involved in winning the title. It was a huge team effort and a wonderful reward for the massive input from the players and management.”
Despite being just 22 years-old, Barritt has already amassed over 60 caps for the coastal franchise and, after making his provincial debut at 19, was highly tipped to be a future Springbok. Now though, having made the decision move to the UK, Barritt is not sure where his future lies. He does concede though, should he return to South Africa, it is hard to imagine playing for any other team other than his beloved Sharks.
“I’m just going to take it year by year and enjoy the experience. I’ll never rule out playing for the Sharks again, it’s been my home and a really special place to be. Whether I play next year or not or return to South Africa after my contract, I don’t see myself ever being able to play anywhere else in this country.”
Along with fellow new arrival Wikus van Heerden, the Saracens ranks also boast plenty of South African experience with Springbok prop Cobus Visagie and ex-Stormers star Neil de Kock now also a veryimportant part of their makeup.
“It will definitely be nice to have this South African flavour there but I’m also really looking forward to mixing with the other guys from other countries. There are a host of great players there such as former Chiefs player Glen Jackson, who is a really exciting footballer, while another New Zealander, Chris Jack, is someone I admire as a player and a person.”
The burning question of course on everyone’s minds is whether or not Barritt might one day turn out for Martin Johnson’s international team, or whether his future does still hold green and gold.
“I’ll never close the door on playing for the Springboks and if I got the opportunity it would be a huge honour, but having said that, I do qualify to play for England [through ancestary], though I don’t want to be presumptuous in any way. My goal now is just to focus on playing for Saracens and hopefully helping them achieve some victories and maybe a trophy along the way.”
Given the current short supply of international class centres amongst the England ranks it will certainly be interesting to see if Barritt make a sufficient impact in the English game to have to answer that life changing decision sooner than he may have expected.Tweet