Scarborough RUFC have moved quickly to appoint Lee Douglas as their new head coach after the departure of Jason Lowde.
Douglas, who has an impressive track record as both a player and then as a coach, takes over at Silver Royd and is keen to get stuck into his new role.
Douglas said: “I’m really pleased. I’m looking forward to getting started.
“It’s quite an exciting prospect. The facilities here at Scarborough are fantastic, you’re not going to get much better and that’s one of the things that drew me to the club.”
Douglas, who enjoyed a distinguished playing career before taking up coaching, had a spell in charge of Scarborough’s fierce rivals Bridlington, but the new man at the helm doesn’t see that as a problem.
He added: “I coached at Bridlington for three years and had a little bit of success there.
“I’m well aware of the rivalry between the clubs and it will definitely be interesting going back there.
“I don’t hold any sentiment in sport though. I love winning, just like anybody else.”
The new coach is keen to see Scarborough play a wide, expansive brand of rugby, but admits it is important for him to run the rule over the playing squad at the club before they decide on their strategy going forward.
“I want to play an expansive game, but if we can’t do that then we can’t do it,” added Douglas.
“Pre-season will be very important for us. Getting to know the players and most importantly getting them to buy into the way we’re going to play.”
SRUFC chief executive Graeme Young is pleased Douglas has joined the club.
Young said: “We’re delighted with the appointment of Lee.
“The board are going to be taking a more active role and interest in ensuring the club’s senior rugby develops as much as our junior sections have in recent years and we believe Lee is the man to carry us forward with that in mind.”
Mike Holder, the club’s Director of rugby, echoed Young’s sentiments.
Holder said: “I’ve met Lee a few times and I’ve always been impressed with him.
“To get someone of his calibre here is great for the club.
“We want to realise our potential and we know Lee is the right man for the job.”