Fitness is the key for new Scarborough RUFC coach Jason Lowde.
Lowde, who has taken the reins from Dave Beck ahead of the new Yorkshire One season, is planning to take his players out of their comfort zone when pre-season training kicks off in mid-July.
Lowde said: “We are starting pre-season a little earlier because the focus will be on fitness.
“We have a cup game right at the start before we play any league games, and that is something we want to use properly.
“As a club we are looking to have a bit of a go in the cup as well because that keeps the impetus.
“We have everything available at Barron’s Gym, like the Boxercise and personal trainers, that is something we will be looking to use.
“It will be about taking players out of their comfort zone.
“Having had a meeting with the players, we decided that we want to play attractive and expansive rugby, but to do that you need to be fit.
“If players aren’t fit then they will be put under pressure because it is up to them to fulfill their obligation to the club as well as themselves.
“We can only coach them to a level that they want to be coached to.”
Lowde is looking positively on the link-up between a number of the current first XV and the Scarborough Pirates rugby league club.
Lowde added: “I think the fact that they are playing is great because for me it is active rest.
“We have seen Tom Ratcliffe, Craig Farrell and a few others playing for the Pirates and I am keen to get that link going, because it could mean that a few players come the other way in the future.
“I have never been somebody, who is only interested in one code, especially as it keeps players ticking over during the summer.
“We have already set up a buddy system for players to keep involved in doing active rest during the closed season.
“It encourages players to go out and do that extra bit as a group.
“The onus is on them because they do need to be the players that the minis and younger lads look up to.
“We owe it to the rest of the club to do the best we can, if that means training hard or helping out our YDO Tom Harrison with the minis on a Sunday morning, then so be it.”