Paul Diggin has not only committed his entire professional career to Northampton Saints, but to rugby in the town in general with his dedication to coaching at his junior club, BBOB. His commitment to the club is reflected in the way Paul plays the game, by modern standards, not the biggest winger in the premiership in stature, he certainly has one of the biggest hearts. His technical skill and tactical awareness have very much been a hall mark of his game.
As a player Paul has not relied on size to make his mark, however his 143 appearances is testament to a whole hearted commitment to the way he plays every game and reflects on his great skill as a player. There is no better finisher in the premiership than Paul.
His performances over his 10 years in the 1st team have been second to none, twice Paul has been the club's leading try scorer and he remains the only player to score 4 tries in a Heineken cup game. In a club that has had many great wingers, Paul’s try scoring record is without equal.
About Paul Diggin
Having joined the Saints in 2003, Digger is the club’s longest serving player and leads the current squad in scoring having registered 62 tries in the black, green and gold.
A Saints debutant at the age of just 19 and a first team regular just two years later having also represented England Under-21, 2008/09 was the year that Paul came of age.
Although in previous years he had made a name for himself with a string of committed performances for his home-town club and had shown a good eye for a try opportunity - not least in the EDF Energy National Trophy final - Paul remained one of the lower-profile players at the Saints.
That all changed in October 2008 when he burst into the first team with tries in three consecutive matches. They were the first of 14 he would go on to score, becoming the club's leading try scorer for the season in the process.
The European Challenge Cup final win was an understandable highlight, and Digger showed exactly what it meant by leaving the changing room with the trophy in his grasp - no one else was having it!
In 2009/10 Paul secured another winners' medal in the LV= Cup - a game where he also led the team out in passing the magical 100-appearance mark for the Saints.
His try-scoring form in 2010/11 helped to maintain a career strike rate close to one every other game, while he became the first Saints player to score four times in a Heineken Cup match against Edinburgh at the Gardens. That haul ensured that Paul ended as the tournament's leading try-scorer, while his overall season tally of 14 made him the Saints' leading try-scorer once more.
Having struggled to lock down a regular place in the early runnings of the 2011/12 season, Paul turned in a string of outstanding performances at full back that not only saw him rewarded with a place back on the wing, but also a new deal with his only club.
Last season was to be a frustrating one, a serious knee injury curtailing most all of the 2012/13 campaign for Digger, but his contribution to the Saints cause didn’t wane as he took up a role coaching the Academy at Franklin’s Gardens with all the passion usually reserved for playing.
Such was his effectiveness in the role, another new contract was forthcoming, this time as player/Academy coach and Paul’s heavy involvement back on the pitch over the summer indicated he remains incredibly keen and able to add to his haul of 148 first team appearances.
Read more on Paul Diggin's Testimonial.
Paul Diggin is supporting Niamh's Next Steps in his testimonial year.
Niamh Next Steps is a charity set up in memory of Niamh Curry, a little girl who lost her fight against Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer that mainly affects children. In the UK each year around 100 children are diagnosed with Neuroblastoma of which only around 30% will survive. Find out more about Niamh's First Steps here.