Leicester Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison is confident that his side will run out in their final fixture of the season with a fresh state of mind after retaining their Premiership status.
A losing bonus point away to Harlequins – and Newcastle’s loss to Gloucester – in Round 21 confirmed Tigers’ position as a Premiership side in 2019/20, and with survival secured Harrison told LTTV he was keen for squad and coaches alike to move on quickly.
“We’re going to have to put a line under it,” he said. “We have got to start rebuilding for the start of next year, which is one exciting thing, but you obviously want success now.
“Short term, we’ve got Bath at home, and hopefully we can actually enjoy it.
“It’s been hard on players to try and enjoy playing when there has been that pressure of getting these wins … obviously now there is that safety there, hopefully we can go out and improve again and keep building with the coaches.”
And the 29-year-old assured Saturday’s home clash with Bath is a ‘stepping stone’ into next season.
“There’s no benefit in just going ‘it’s a one-off game, let’s play touch, let’s throw it about’,” Harrison added.
“We want to build something and now there’s nothing to play for for us, it’s just a good opportunity to put into practice what we want to try and improve on.
“If we can deliver on that, then we’ll get a win. If we get a win, then that’s a good positive to build on.
“It would definitely be a good stepping stone for the start of next year.”
Watch the full interview with ‘Sammy’ from the club’s Oval Park training ground exclusively on LTTV, below.