Dean Richards enthused by Newcastle Falcons future promise
Director of rugby Dean Richards hopes Newcastle Falcons can emulate his former club Harlequins in building a strong home-grown Premiership squad.
Richards helped Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care all thrive and win England honours while at Quins.
Now Falcons' own talents Simon Hammersley, Mark Wilson and Chris Harris are showing similar promise.
"I see similarity in the young players coming through and the quality of those players," Richards told BBC Newcastle.
"Trying to look forward, hopefully we will be able to keep those players we want to keep and see what the team will look like in two or three years' time.
"There are a lot of quality players coming through."
Although Care was a Championship signing, brought in from Leeds, Robshaw, Brown and Monye were all brought through at Harlequins.
There are also similarities between the task handed to Richards on his arrival at Kingston Park and the challenges that faced him at the Stoop.
The first of those, picking up a club relegated to the Championship, was resoundingly overcome on both occasions.
But the changing face of the Premiership means leading Falcons into the top four and premier European competition within the same three-season span he did with Quins looks to be a tough ask.
Such achievements could be a source of pride, but Richards is reluctant to take the credit.
"I've never really thought about it that way," he added. "You give people an opportunity, they take it and it you're pleased in that respect but they're in charge of their own destiny.
"If they have the ambition and they have the ability, then what will be will be.
"Sometimes time is a wonderful thing, sometimes you're in the right place at the right time with the right group of people and it may just have been that - you don't know."