David Denton goes into Scotland’s opening viagogo Autumn Test against Japan at Murrayfield insisting he isn’t fazed by speculation linking him with a move from Edinburgh to Leicester Tigers
The 23-year-old back row is out of contract soon but Denton, nevertheless, made it clear where his focus currently lies.
Referring to reports from England that his form makes him a key asset for any top team, he said: “That’s a compliment but at the moment I have my mind firmly set on the Tests and the job in hand.”
Denton was blighted by injuries last season when he started just three of Scotland’s 11 internationals compared with a dream debut campaign.
However, he is able to see positives in that situation.
“I had a horrible run of luck last season and I didn’t play well when I was fit.
“It was something I had to experience (in order) to learn from. I understand I will have a bad game here and there but what I think I have learned is how to come back from it.
“The way I hold myself is very different. I do feel more experienced, a lot more confident on the field.
“That’s important. When you are in situations that are potentially tough it is good to have a calm head and think things through.”
Denton has never faced Japanese opposition previously but knows what to expect.
“Johnno (head coach Scott Johnson) reckons we are going to run more than in any other Test we are going to play this season.
“Japan play a very high tempo game and they play from anywhere which is massively contrasting to most other Test nations who don’t like to play in their own half.
“However, we have the ammunition to get through it.”