Isiekwe so grateful for social media support from Saints fans

Nick Isiekwe smiles and laughs when asked whether he's seen some Saints supporters' comments to him on social media.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:00 am
Nick Isiekwe

Plenty have tweeted, telling Isiekwe to make his loan spell at Franklin's Gardens a permanent one.

But, sadly for the Saints fans who have been so impressed with Isiekwe, he is very much a Saracens player and will definitely be heading back there this summer.

Nevertheless, it doesn't mean the player appreciates the praise he gets any less.

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And when asked whether he is aware of the affection Saints supporters already have for him, he said: "I do see it and we're all very grateful to see they're watching.

"We want to put smiles on faces through the times we're having.

"It's a blessing and one I don't take for granted to be able to do what to do.

"I do see the comments from fans and I'm just very grateful for those things.

"It's very nice and I'm very grateful for the support.

"It's a blessing and I just hope I can keep enjoying it and pushing myself to be better."

Isiekwe has become a hugely influential figure in the first-team since starting his one-year loan deal last summer.

His towering performances in the second row and, most recently, back row have helped Chris Boyd's side keep top-four hopes alive in the Gallagher Premiership.

And Isiekwe said: "It's great to be part of it. The guys have been going great.

"We've been building very nicely since the start of the season.

"Obviously we had some games that we let go but we've shown good performances within those.

"We're trying to put things right in training each week and hopefully we can keep getting better and better.

"I'm just enjoying it here, I'm enjoying playing, I'm enjoying being out there.

"I love to compete and I love to play.

"I want to keep getting better each week."

Isiekwe is one of a number of Saracens players out on loan following the club's demotion to the Championship ahead of the start of this season.

But he doesn't really keep in touch with the others at the moment as his full focus is on Saints matters.

"I haven't spoken to them for a while but they are doing well and I'm happy for them," he said.

"I'm just concentrating on what I can do here, how I can help and how I can impact the team.

"If I can better myself, I can help the team."

Isiekwe has been welcomed with open arms by the Saints fans and the players.

And when asked about his team-mates, he said: "It's been kind of overwhelming and I have so much appreciation for them.

"Some people would see it as a difficult situation but these boys have been so welcoming.

"I have so much gratitude towards the boys for welcoming me and making me feel welcome.

"It's massive for me and I just want to give back."

Isiekwe still has a chance to finish his time at Saints with two trophies as they are not only in the hunt for the Premiership play-off places but also have a Challenge Cup bid to get stuck into.

Isiekwe and Co go to the Dragons in the last 16 of the competition on Saturday evening.

And he said: "I don't think I've ever faced the Dragons but they're coming in on the back of some good results so they'll have confidence from that, but we're thinking about what we can control.

"It's about how we can get better and push our performances.

"We want to implement our game on them.

"The nature of the competition now is that if you lose you go home.

"We can't afford any tough results now and we've got to look at how we can deal with situations.

"I'm a competitive person, I like to win and I like to go out there and perform the best I can - and the boys want to win just as much."