GEORGE Robson reckons the Harlequins academy staff should take a huge slice of credit for the club's current success.
Quins remain the only club unbeaten in the Premiership this season following Saturday's hard-fought win at Bath.
This came a matter of weeks after Bath's new academy chief, former World Cup winner Danny Grewcock, paid tribute to the Quins academy set-up, saying it is what he is trying to replicate at The Rec.
And Robson (pictured) is a shining example of the Quins system, making his 100 th first team appearance in last week's win at Exeter, having himself come through the ranks at The Stoop.
Robson said: “It was a very proud moment for me making my 100 th appearance, and I'm sure there will be many others who come through the ranks and reach the same landmark.
“I came through with the likes of Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw, who are now amongst the best in the country, and now there is a whole new batch coming through who can be just as good, or better.
“What Danny said was a nice tribute to our academy set-up, and people like Peter Osborne and Tony Diprose have to take a lot of credit for it.”
It was the latest crop of talent who made sure Quins not only have a 100 per cent record in the league this season, but also in the LV= Cup.
With some of the first team stars rested for the competition, the young guns stepped up to the plate by helping Quins to victories over London Irish and Sale Sharks.
But the real challenge to their perfect record will come next week when their Heineken Cup campaign gets underway, with a home game against Connacht.
Robson added: “It was important that we kept the winning momentum going when we took a break from league action, and that's exactly what the lads who came in did.
“It was important we did the same at Bath so we can go into the Heineken Cup on a winning note too.”