Saints youngster Tom Collins has revealed how he has taken advice from his footballer father in a bid to keep going during a stop-start season.
Niggly injuries have hampered the speedy back’s campaign, but he is now fit and ready to go as Saints face Saracens in the LV= Cup semi-final at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Collins’ dad, Darren, could also be in action that day as the Brackley Town assistant boss has this week signed on to help out the club nicknamed the Saints in their survival bid.
The 47-year-old played more than 50 games for the Cobblers between 1989 and 1991 and also played for sides such as Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town.
And his words of wisdom have proved invaluable for Tom, who has only made four appearances this season after racking up 13 during the previous campaign.
“I’ve been picking up a couple of injuries here and there,” said Collins junior.
“It’s been frustrating for me on the back of last year, having played a bit then.
“It’s been hard to get a run of games together but my dad has been a massive support to me.
“With these injuries it’s good to have that kind of support behind you and have someone who you can talk to.
“Being in a professional atmosphere is hard as a young lad and all you want to do is get out there and play, so having him there has been a massive help to me.
It’s been hard to get a run of games together but my dad has been a massive support to meTom Collins
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing now.”
Collins senior could turn out for Brackley in Saturday’s Vanarama North game at Guiseley.
But Tom has business to attend to for Saints in Barnet on Saturday afternoon, meaning he won’t get to see his dad in action.
“We’ll see how he gets on and see if he can get through at least one game,” said Tom. “It would be hilarious watching him now.
“He keeps himself in good nick, he trains quite a bit and he’s doing well at the age of 47.”