George Worth looks back on fifty appearances for Leicester Tigers and the "special" feeling upon reaching the milestone match, especially alongside long-time Leicester Tigers friends and team-mates.
Growing up, George Worth never thought he would play for Leicester Tigers.
He believed in himself and knew hard work would help him get close to his goal of running out in the famous green, white and red of Tigers, but never believed it would be possible.
Now, the Tigers Academy product who hails from Peterborough, has 50 senior appearances to his name at just 23 years of age.
“It feels awesome and to bring it up at Twickenham makes it that little bit sweeter,” said Worth post-match.
When asked if he thought it would be possible when he first arrived at the club as a wide-eyed teenager, he said: “Absolutely not … not a chance.”
“I’ve got there somehow and ‘Murph’ just told me I’ve earned everyone, which means a lot.”
The utility-back came on as a replacement for South Africa international Jaco Taute in Saturday’s 30-all draw with Harlequins at HQ, a position he most enjoys featuring from in the Tigers backline despite appearing predominantly at fullback in recent months.
“I really enjoy playing in the centres, it’s what I enjoy going forward,” said Worth.
The Tigers youngster also says he’s “enjoying” every day as part of the club, despite a not-so-enjoyable start to the Gallagher Premiership season and believes the squad is moving in the right direction as indicated in the past fortnight of fixtures.
“I’m in a good spot, loving coming in everyday to work hard,” he said.
“It was a step forward against Exeter and then another step forward today against ‘Quins.”
Worth also says the group are aiming to feel uncomfortable, in order to improve their standing on the Premiership ladder.
“We try and always get better and in order to do that we need to be uncomfortable,” added Worth.
“We are trying to lift our standards every day and pushing each other to do that.”
Alongside achieving the milestone at Twickenham Stadium, in front of more than 75,000 fans, Worth says having the chance to play professional rugby with some of his best and oldest mates is special.
“Look at the successful clubs, at the top of the league, they are built around their academies,” he said.
“It’s special doing it with so many guys I’ve known for almost ten years and spent most of that decade with here at Tigers … we all want to be a part of this club, together, and help it back to where it belongs.
“If we keep working hard, together, there is no reason we can’t achieve things at Tigers.”