Academy graduate Tom Parton is hoping he can stake a claim for a regular first team berth after impressing during last week’s 52-20 triumph at home to Nottingham Rugby.
The talented full-back, who has represented England U20s at the previous two junior World Cups, played the full 80 minutes of the Exiles victory and is now keen to kick-on for Declan Kidney’s men.
“It was good to get 80 minutes under my belt and if any more game time comes my way, I’ll take it in my stride,” said Parton.
“I think having that first bit of Championship experience was really good, so I think it’s now about getting game time where I can and hopefully performing at my best.”
Parton believes the experience garnered during his time in the England U20 set-up has stood him in good stead for the years ahead.
He said: “England U20s experience is a different experience, but a great experience and playing in places like Georgia and France as well as playing against the Southern Hemisphere teams enables you to learn a lot about yourself.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at age group level and now I’m looking to kick-on here at London Irish.”
Parton will undoubtedly have his sights set on more game time when Bedford Blues visit the Madejski Stadium on Sunday 23 September (kick-off 3pm).
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