Saints young gun Tom Collins has followed in the footsteps of players such as Jonny May and Jack Nowell by claiming the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.
The 20-year-old was nominated after a fine two-try display in the win against Newcastle Falcons in round one of this season’s LV= Cup.
I honestly can’t believe I’ve won breakthrough player this yearTom Collins
He has seen off competition from nine other talented youngsters, including Scarlets’ Jordan Williams and Leicester’s Tommy Bell.
And Collins is delighted to have claimed the personal prize after helping to propel Saints to the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh tournament.
“I honestly can’t believe I’ve won breakthrough player this year,” he said.
“We ended up losing at Saracens in the semis last Saturday but it’s been a great competition for us.
“We’ve had ups and downs but that’s what it’s about. It’s great to get that environment and atmosphere around you and you learn from that.”
And on emulating the likes of England pair May and Nowell, Collins said: “It’s great seeing the players who have won it and knowing you’re around that category but it just shows the pressure I’ve got on me.
“I’ll keep working hard and training hard and see where that goes.”