Coach Douglas stays on in Scarborough RUFC role

Lee Douglas will remain as coach at Scarborough RUFC
Lee Douglas will remain as coach at Scarborough RUFC

Lee Douglas will remain in charge of Scarborough RUFC’s 1st XV next season.

And the head coach, who took over at Silver Royd in May 2013, will once again team up with assistant Phil Watson.

But after an extensive review into the club’s performance in the 2015/2016 campaign, there have been a few alterations.

Dave Smith has been given a player-liason role, while former first-teamer Andy Downes becomes front-row coach.

There are also negotiations taking place to bring former head coach Dave Beck back to the club in a new role.

Director of rugby Mike Holder also revealed thatTom Ratcliffe will no longer be captain, though he is seen as a key cog in an exciting future for the club.

Holder said: “We did a comprehensive review after seven or eight years of finishing half-way down Yorkshire One.

“There is a structure at the club with 364 youngsters playing rugby on a Sunday and six 17 or 18-year-olds in the first team, but we have to develop that, keep these players and look to do the best for them.

“After the review we will be keeping Lee and Phil on as coaches, but we will be putting support in place to develop the players we have.

“Dave Smith will be taking on a bigger role and Andy Downes is giving up his role of Danesmen manager and fixture secretary to help out coaching the forwards.

“We are talking to previous coach Dave Beck about taking up a role, while we are looking to develop the strength and conditioning work that David White does with the players.

“We have agreed with Tom that he should step down, mainly because he is such an important attacking player and being captain has asked a lot of him.

“He has done a great job, but it hasn’t been easy and that has told on his performances.

“He is a player that we definitely need at his best when the new season starts.”

Both Holder and the club have big plans moving forward.

“We have to start looking upwards, we do believe that with the structure we have in place we could be looking at being several divisions higher than we are,” he added.

“At the moment we are creating a good mixture of local lads mixed in with good overseas players.

“We do ask a lot of them and because we are an amateur club we can’t afford to pay them. But we are putting plans in place to give them the support that they deserve.”