The stock in Saracens’ 22-year-old fullback Max Malins is heating up after boss Mark McCall said his performance against Bristol reminded him of a young Beauden Barrett.
The stand-in 15 clocked up nearly 100 running metres whilst scoring a second-half double against Bristol on Saturday to earn comparisons to the All Black superstar from his boss.
Malins, who has only eight starts for Saracens since his debut in 2017, looked every bit a star surrounded by seasoned internationals in Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Sean Maitland, and Maro Itoje.
Pundits on Twitter immediately dialed up the hype on his prospects of becoming England’s next star, with one Saracens’ fan calling for the fullback to be offered a ‘lifetime contract’ at the club.
Can we give Max Malins a lifetime contract please?
— Matt (@MattySarrie) December 21, 2019
Max malins on fire today 100% England player within a year ????
— lee francis (@tallyt99) December 21, 2019
Long-term successor to Goode at 15 IMO ! Always thought it his best position, has more time & space to use his speed & footwork than he does at 10 !
— Kate (@k_iddon) December 21, 2019
Max Malins even coaches dream. Plays what’s in front of him ?#SARvBRI
— Richard Stock (@S7OCKY) December 21, 2019
@Saracens Max Malins was damn good last week. This week he is astonishing. Superstar Under Construction!
— Peter Terry (@PeterTerry3) December 21, 2019
— Jonny Fordham ?? (@SunJonnyFordham) December 21, 2019
Has been excellent all season. You heard it here first but keep an eye on Max Malins too
— Clive Sharkey (@clivepsharkey) December 21, 2019
Interesting to see his wage will be c.£400k at Scarlets.
Wonder what Uncle Tony makes of his market value. Grand slam winning Lion ?
— ???Steve… (@saracen1971) December 20, 2019
The talent pool coming up the English system is frightening and they are already ripping it up in the Gallagher Premiership, U20 RWC winners and finalists consistently. Ben Earl, Gabriel Ibitoye,Max Malins, Zach Mercer,Ben Curry, Harry Mallinder,Lewis Boyce etc. Ngamadoda la ?
— Alpha Male (@Options____) November 11, 2019
With reports this week that Wales’ fullback Liam Williams will take up an offer to join Scarlets, the door at Saracens for Malins to earn more game time is open.
If Malins has to sit awhile longer to become a regular starter, he is in good company to learn a few tricks of the trade.
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