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Christian Wade exclusive: Wasps wing hopeful for next season

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London Wasps winger Christian Wade - speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport - believes that next year could be the club's time to stake their claim in the Aviva Premiership as they look to improve upon this season's seventh-placed finish.

Wasps have been beset by unfortunate injury problems during an eventful 2013/14 campaign at Adams Park, with Wade and fellow speedster Tom Varndell having been the most notable absentees from Dai Young's squad over recent months.

"It's been kind of a similar season to last year. I think this year we had the opportunity to push on and be a top-four team but then we always slipped at the last hurdle," Wade said.

"This year a lot of our losses have been pretty tight, so we've always come away with a losing bonus point. Like you said, there have obviously been a lot of players missing in crucial games.

"Me and Varndell have only played one game together this year, which is a bit of a shame because I love playing with him."

And despite a difficult season during which he has unfortunately spent months on the sidelines with ligament damage, Wade is hopeful of a bright future for Wasps.

"This year the boys have obviously come on a long way. The last three years I think we've progressed each year and I think next year will be our year to stake our claim in the Premiership and try and finish in a better position than we did this year."

England star Wade was particularly full of praise for Varndell - a player he obviously deems worthy of further international recognition given his excellent track record of scoring regular tries at domestic level.

"He's a great player," the 23-year-old continued. "I think he's kind of been overlooked quite a lot in the last couple of years.

"He's obviously still scoring and playing well but there's a lot of good wingers coming through, a lot of good young wingers so it can be quite difficult to pick."

Wasps face the final game of the season next Saturday, with the second-leg of their all-important play-off tie against Stade de Francais at the Stade Jean-Bouin.

Experienced fly-half Andy Goode inspired the club to a narrow 30-29 home win last weekend, but Wasps will have to be on top form against a powerful outfit if they are to secure qualification for next year's inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup.

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