Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tait Places His Faith in Youth

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tait Places His Faith in Youth

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Byline: NICK PUREWAL

OLD stager Alex Tait believes the exuberance of youth will fire Newcastle Falcons onto the Aviva Premiership front foot.

Hauling his creaking - 22-yearold - frame out of short-format retirement, full-back Tait helped the Falcons lift the Middlesex Sevens Plate last weekend.

Newcastle's summer influx has left Tait feeling like an elder statesman, but after 51 appearances since 2007 he certainly has his best years ahead.

Impressed with coaching team Alan Tait and Paul Moriarty's direct, open and lucid management, Alex Tait said the new regime has been a breath of fresh air.

Tait enjoyed his run-out in Tuesday's inter-squad game, and is looking forward to taking on Rotherham at Kingston Park on Saturday (kick-off 5pm).

He explained: "That was my second bit of action in pre-season, after coming out of Sevens retirement of three-and-half-years.

"I really enjoyed that, and it's not like I've got too old for the short game or anything.

"I'm feeling great, probably the best shape I've been in to be honest, I was pleased with how I went in fitness testing the other day, I'm feeling fresh and excited.

"We've got new boys in and they bring different things to the team, we've got a bit more depth hopefully throughout the whole squad.

"Everyone's looking fresh and excited to go, and it's nice to be here.

"I'm still 22, which is quite old in this squad to be honest.

"We were playing touch the other day, and we split everyone up into over and under-24s, and there were only about five people for the older age group!

"That means we're young and eager to go, we've got some great experienced guys like Andy Henderson and Ally Hogg, who've got loads of caps, but it's nice to have a bit of youth and mix it up."

Building towards a speedier gameplan, Tait continued: "We're trying to work towards how we started to play at the end of last season, when we were not afraid to play with width and pace, but we'll still use the forwards to generate that quick ball that everyone loves and talks about. …

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