Ashton gutted to see Farrell leave Saracens a month after signing for the club
21:14 GMT, 6 June 2012
England's Saracens-bound wing Chris Ashton has revealed his surprise and disappointment at Andy Farrell's decision to quit the club.
Farrell surprisingly resigned as Sarries first-team coach last week just over a month after apparently committing his future to them by turning down a role with England.
While that decision has sparked speculation Farrell is destined to work in Stuart Lancaster's national set-up after all – and therefore link up with Ashton – it has removed one of the full-back's prime reasons for moving to Vicarage Road from Northampton.
Ashton said: 'I had no idea about it. It was definitely a surprise to me but there has got to be some reason why he has left the club he has been at so long.
'I have not had the chance to speak to him so I don't really know the ins and outs of it but there has got to be some reason why he had to leave.'
Pastures new: Farrell
When asked if he was disappointed, the 25-year-old said: 'Yes, but hopefully down the line somewhere I will still have contact with him and he will still help me with my game. I don't think he will be too far away.'
Farrell impressed during a temporary stint as England backs coach in this year's RBS 6 Nations.
Ashton, like Farrell a cross-code convert from Wigan, believes he made a difference to his game.
'I had never been under him until he came in at the Six Nations in which he was a massive help,' Ashton said.
was one of the reasons I decided to go to Saracens. When I saw him at
England, and he was coaching us here, it was more of a reason to go
'He is a very good motivator, he puts a lot of time and effort into his coaching and he goes through it thoroughly.
'Sometimes that is not the case but with him he puts the time in and the effort and that makes quite a difference.'