At 24 years of age, Ross Harrison is preparing to represent Sale Sharks for the 150th time when he takes to the field against Worcester Warriors on Friday.
The loosehead prop came through the esteemed youth system at the Sharks to make his debut at the age of 18, before going on to cement his place as Steve Diamond’s first choice at number one following the injury of Eifion Lewis-Roberts.
Ahead of this Friday’s game, Harrison revealed the disbelief he has towards his milestone.
“It’s a massive landmark having come through the academy and I never thought I’d get here, especially this quickly,” he said.
“I remember watching Sale when I was younger, and there were legends like Andrew Sheridan and I was thinking I hope I can play in the Premiership one day.”
Harrison has now started 19 of the past 20 games and is regularly fielded for over 70 minutes despite playing in such a physically demanding position.
Although the tail end of the season presents the opportunities for players who are not involved in knock-out tournaments to have a well-earned rest, the forward is always eager to get back out on the pitch.
“You get tired, but when you pull the shirt on before a game that all goes away and you’re as fresh as you need to be,” he explained.
“You get to the hour mark in a game and you don’t want to come off, you want to stay and finish the game off so to have been given that opportunity a lot this season has been great.
“The first break was nice because we had played a lot of games off the back of each other, but I feel fresh again now and the season has slowed right down. It takes the momentum out of it when all we want to do is rattle through it.
“We’ll take as much of the performance at Exeter into the Worcester game. They are a team not to be underestimated and they gave Wasps a great battle upfront, which is something we need to be aware of.
“We want to finish the season as high up the table as possible. We’re proud men who want to win at the end of the day.”
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