06:00AM, Thursday 01 May 2014
Nic Rouse insists there's no danger of London Irish going on their summer holidays just yet – with next season's Aviva Premiership very much on the 33-year-old’s mind.
The Exiles currently sit tenth in the Aviva Premiership, well clear of any trouble but also unable to challenge for a place in Europe next season with just two rounds to go.
However, they do face ninth-placed Gloucester on Saturday and Rouse is confident they can overtake the Cherry & Whites and finish this campaign on a high.
But the lock is determined to continue his own consistent form for London Irish, which has seen him make 17 appearances in the league this term –
way beyond his own expectations.
Upon joining the Madejski Stadium outfit last summer from Nottingham, former Sale Shark Rouse admitted it was a second chance for him to shine in the Aviva Premiership, and he still doesn’t want to let it slip.
“I didn’t expect to play so many games to be honest, but it’s been great, and I’m looking forward to pushing on again next season,” said Rouse.
“There’ll probably be more players around the place, but I’ve improved as a player over the last year without a doubt, and I’m still learning.
“I am really happy with where I am now, it was a second chance I was given and I'm still moving in the right direction.
“I've just got to keep on doing what I’m doing, I’m confident I can keep my place in the side and make an impact again next season.”
If London Irish beat Gloucester at Kingsholm their hopes of a ninth-place finish would be given a shot in the arm.
The Exiles are currently six points behind and Rouse says there's still plenty to play for.
“We’ve put in a lot of work in the few days we've had off, there's definitely no danger of us taking our foot off the gas. It’s incredibly important we carry on and finish the season on a high,” added Rouse.
“There's room for improvement though next season, there are a few games we could have won and if we would have won a few more games we could have been pushing for that seventh spot.
“It has been a bit disappointing, but we still have the chance to take some momentum into next season, we can't really complain.”
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