After helping himself to his third try of a season that his proving to be possibly the best of his career to date during Friday nights win over Cardiff Blues, full back Richard Fussell revealed that being the 'old man' of the back three selection at the Ospreys has been the secret of his productive form.
At 28-years old, Fussell is by some way the oldest of the players to have featured in the back three for the Ospreys this season, but he has been revelling in his role as a free running full-back, turning creator as well as touching down three times himself, and he says that the enthusiasm of youth is rubbing off on him.
“It’s going well personally for me” he agreed when speaking to the press after the Blues win at the Liberty.
“I’m really enjoying my rugby. We’ve got a great bunch of young, talented boys coming through, they’ve got great enthusiasm and they are willing to learn.
“I’m feeding off their enthusiasm, it’s giving me that extra something, and I’m enjoying trying to help bring these guys through. I’m working hard for them and they are working hard for me. It’s not just me playing well, it’s everyone as a unit playing well. It makes me look good if you know what I mean?
“As a region we are very, very blessed because we have got some great youngsters coming through. We’ve had people like Hanno and Eli picking up injuries this season but then there are boys willing to step up and everyone who picks the Ospreys jersey up is going to fight for the cause.
“They are going to play for the eighty-whatever minutes, right up to the death, they’ll keep going. Whoever puts that Ospreys jersey on is proud and privileged to wear that jersey.
“We’ve got guys who’ve gone off to play for Wales in the autumn internationals who are playing well and deserved their call-up, then again you’ve got the boys coming through who are working their socks off and deserve their chance as well. From a coaching perspective, Steve is a lucky guy because he’s got a headache of who to pick from a lot of people who are playing well.”