'Wasps can not do things on the cheap'
August 16, 2012
James Haskell is back at Wasps © Getty Images
England flanker James Haskell has claimed that Wasps' newly modernised approach to management persuaded him to return to Adams Park.
Wasps endured a torrid campaign last seaason as they narrowly avoided relegation from the Aviva Premiership. This would have been a far cry from the Wasps Haskell knew when he was running out for the Premiership side. Back in Haskell's day, Wasps were regularly challenging for the league title along with fighting for Heineken Cup supremacy.
With Dai Young at the helm and Ken Moss' takeover on the verge of completion, Haskell believes the club are on the right path to re-establishing their elite status.
"I was always a fan of Wasps when I was a child," Haskell said. "I always wanted to come back here. Some decisions were made that changes had to come in.
"They realised things needed to change and perhaps the way the club had been managed wasn't the right way. To be competitive you have to pay players the money, you have to invest in facilities, you can't do things on the cheap because you get left behind.
"With the new owners, hopefully, and with Dai [Young], Wasps will slowly but surely get back to where it deserves to be, and that is at the top of the table."
Haskell set his sights on becoming a regular in the England squad once again after opting to miss the 2012 Six Nations to play a season in Japan. The versatile back row player did return to the side for England's drawn third Test against South Africa in the summer but he has slipped down Stuart Lancaster's pecking order.
Haskell said: "If Wasps go well you always have a chance to get your England place back and that's what I want to do."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson
Paul Eddison explains how the French sold English clubs down the river and why their domestic game will go from strength to strength
'Nothing can prepare you for the noise of the Millennium Stadium though, you just can't hear anything." Tom Hamilton talks to Cory Allen
Following a weekend where Wales suffered more heartbreak against Australia and the Aviva Premiership showed its class, the Monday Maul looks back at some of the key talking points