Ben Ransom is looking to help Saracens land major honours this season
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 20/11/13 7:39am
Ben Ransom is hoping to help Saracens get their hands on silverware this season, with three trophies being targeted.
A frustrating end to the 2012/13 campaign left the the Aviva Premiership table-toppers empty-handed, with semi-final heartache endured domestically and in Europe.
Play-off pain dashed their hopes of securing a second league title in the space of three years, while eventual champions Toulon sent them crashing out of the Heineken Cup in the last four.
There are a few wrongs to be righted at Allianz Park, and Ransom claims eyes are very firmly locked on the prize.
He told Sky Sports: "Obviously last season, losing the Premiership and Heineken Cup semis, left a bit of a sour taste. I think the guys came out really looking to knuckle down.
"We really want to win it this year, any competition - the LV, the Heineken and the Premiership, we want to win all three competitions.
"We got off to a good start to the season, so for us it's just about taking each game at a time. Coming off the back of two good wins in the LV Cup, that has set us up nicely. We're sitting nicely in the Premiership as well, so we just have to keep doing the right things and move on to Exeter this weekend.
"We really want to win it this year, any competition - the LV, the Heineken and the Premiership, we want to win all three competitions."
"All of the international lads are coming back in, we should be back at full strength, and hopefully we can push on to the next phase of the season."
Saracens have reclaimed their perch at the top of the Aviva Premiership table and are moving ominously through the gears, with the 200-point barrier having already been smashed.
Ransom said of their offensive power: "We got a bit of stick at the beginning of last year for not scoring many points. I think we showed towards the end of last year and the start of this year, that we are back on form going forward. We pride ourselves on our defence and that's one of our key parts, but in terms of attacking we have become a tremendous force."
Pressed on areas where a well-oiled machine could be improved further, he added: "I think it's just about taking our chances when they arrive now. We get a lot of attacking ball and it's just about being composed and doing the right thing at the right time and making sure we do finish off those chances that we create."
Promising full-back Ransom hopes he will be given the opportunity to help Saracens build on solid foundations, with the 21-year-old - who spent time with Bedford Blues last season - having enjoyed an extended run in the side of late.
On how his season is shaping up, he said: "I'm pretty happy with the start of the season so far. I've been filling in when Goodey has been away with England and getting a few minutes. I've had a good start to the season and I just have to keep working hard. There is obviously Alex (Goode) and Chris Wyles, so I need to keep pushing on throughout the season.
"You can't take anything for granted. Will Fraser, look at him last year, playing tremendously well and then got injured. You just have to keep working as hard as you can and keep pushing forward. You need to do that to play at the highest level week in, week out."
Having got a taste for life in the first XV, Ransom is reluctant to take a step backwards, but a return to Bedford - where he is dual-registered - is not part of his plans at present.
Asked if he sees himself spending the entire season with Saracens, he said: "At the moment it's at Sarries. Obviously last season I was at Bedford, but the aim is to keep playing. It's all going well at the moment."
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