Former Scarborough Sixth Form student and product of the Scarborough RUFC youth set-up Darren Fearn is settling in nicely at his new club, championship outfit Bedford Blues.
Following his summer transfer from Newcastle Falcons, Fearn has managed to claim a place in the starting side after a frustrating start to life at Goldington Road.
Fearn told the Scarborough News: “It’s early doors but I’m really enjoying life here. It’s a big change from a big city like Newcastle, but I’m enjoying it.
“It’s a different place completely. It’s more like Scarborough in that it’s a smaller town, I like it. It’s also a big rugby town too, we get crowds averaging 3,500.
“Newcastle was more football orientated but it’s all rugby down here, which is great. It’s a family club as well which I like.”
Fearn made his debut in the Blues’ 27-25 victory over Nottingham, a game which he will remember for a long time to come.
He added: “It was a great game, but we didn’t play as well as we know we can.
“We scored a try in stoppage time right at the end to win the game so it was great to get started at the club with a win.
“I always knew I wouldn’t walk straight into the team, I knew I’d have to earn my shirt.
“I know that I still have to earn my place in the team, but I’m determined to do that.”
That was helped when he registered his first try for the Blues in their 87-10 demolition of Stirling in the British & Irish Cup at the weekend.
Fearn added: “It was great to get my first try under my belt. We are always expected to win here at Bedford but nobody thought we’d win it that easily.
“We’re very ambitious and are hoping to win the Championship and the British & Irish Cup.
“If we finish runners-up or lose in the semi-finals of the cup, we won’t be pleased with our efforts.
“It’s still early days and there are some good teams in the Championship like Newcastle, Leeds and Bristol so it won’t be easy for us.”
Fearn and his teammates now face two tricky ties, with a visit to Bristol on Sunday followed by a home clash against his former club Newcastle Falcons a week on Saturday.
Fearn added: “They will be tough games. I just hope I manage to get picked and keep my place in the side.
“I think I’ll hold something of an advantage over the Newcastle lads as I know how they play. It would be good to come up against some of my former teammates though.”
Follow Darren’s progress on Twitter: @Dazzfearn