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Saracens hooker Jamie George will be rewarded for his patience, says director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is backing Jamie George to hit the big time very soon, insisting the young hooker will be rewarded for his patience at the club.
George made his Sarries debut in November 2009 but struggled to establish himself in the first team thereafter, relying primarily on appearances off the bench or in the less prioritised LV= Cup.
With John Smit retiring and Schalk Brits serving a three-week ban, 22-year-old George told the Times Series in this summer he felt this was the most important season of his career so far.
"I think Jamie will quickly go to the top now," McCall said.
"Not only did he score two tries, he just played brilliantly in every area. He threw the ball beautifully, he was good in the scrum, good around the park."
McCall explained Sarries could have brought in extra front row cover in the summer but decided instead to put their faith in George.
"Jamie has served the longest apprenticeship known to man at Saracens," he said.
"Jamie has been with us for four seasons and has been unbelievably patient behind Schalk Brits and John Smit.
"Then John left - and we knew he was leaving in the summer - but we didn't try and sign anybody else because we knew Jamie was ready.
"Schalk Brits wasn't playing against Irish and you wouldn't have noticed Brits wasn't playing."
McCall said that while the club have always believed in the young hooker's abilities, it was important to make sure George wasn't thrown in too far too soon.
"Players come through at different rates," he added. "There aren't too many Owen Farrells who step in after two months and are playing for England.
"Sometimes you have to be a bit more patient, especially in the front row as well.
"Jamie has been patient and he'll be rewarded for it now.
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