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In a cafe in the leafy surroundings of St Albans, Max Malins orders the bacon waffle stack with extra sausages.  ‘We’ll be covering a few metres this afternoon,’ he says with a laugh, justifying the extra calories as he douses his food in maple syrup. 

It is the breakfast sitting and Malins has blocked out a couple of hours from his diary for a farewell interview, before he plays a round of golf with Ben Earl at Wentworth.

He is cherishing every moment he has left in the area, with just one match remaining for Saracens — next Saturday’s Premiership final — before he moves his life to Bristol. ‘Ben’s a better golfer than I am,’ he says. ‘I’ve only just stopped using my dad’s clubs from the Eighties!’

He traces back his friendship with Earl to their schoolboy days in the Saracens academy, reliving his journey with his best friend.

‘Ben joined the club when he was 14 or 15 and I joined a couple of years later,’ says the 26-year-old.

Saracens back three star Max Malins has scored 47 tries in his past 56 club games

Saracens back three star Max Malins has scored 47 tries in his past 56 club games

The quiet schoolboy who arrived as a teenager leaves Saracens as one of England’s best attackers

The quiet schoolboy who arrived as a teenager leaves Saracens as one of England’s best attackers

‘I remember getting a call when I was playing a cricket match for school, at Haileybury. I came into the pavilion, we were batting, and I got this call asking me to go down to training on the Monday.

‘Me and Ralph Adams-Hale went to our first session together, down on the 4G pitch at Hatfield. We had played against each other the Sunday before, Bishop’s Stortford v Harpenden, and after that we got asked to go down to train.

‘It was under-17 level that I properly joined the academy. I looked at the guys above me and thought, “F****** hell, they’re good, I don’t know if I’ll be able to manage that.” I wasn’t the most confident.

‘When the first contracts were coming around, I was debating with my mum whether I should take it or go to university. I was looking at going to Loughborough to do banking, finance and management but now I’m very glad I didn’t.’

Having played cricket and hockey to a regional level before committing to rugby, Malins is one of the most gifted all-rounders in the game. The quiet schoolboy who arrived at Saracens as a teenager leaves as one of England’s silkiest attackers, established with both club and country.

‘Over the last few weeks it’s come to the realisation that I’m moving on. Because of the salary cap structure I had to make the decision before a ball was even kicked in the Premiership this season, so I didn’t have to properly adjust to it. It was the toughest decision of my career.

‘It’s been an emotional time. We had an

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