Holder: Preparations really gathering pace

Mike Holder with new YDO Graham Hogg
Mike Holder with new YDO Graham Hogg

Scarborough RUFC’s preparations for the new season have really started to take shape in the past week, according to director of rugby Mike Holder.

The club have moved to recruit new YDO Graham Hogg and Kiwi import Loni Loni, while Ethynne Terblanche has also returned to the Silver Royd set-up.

To add to this, Alessandro Zavatti has pledged his allegiance to Scarborough despite moving to Leeds, while Tom Harrison and Phil Watson are both back from injury.

Holder is not making any promises for the new Yorkshire One season, though he does have a few aims in mind.

“Things have gone really positively over the past week or so,” he said.

“We have recruited Graeme and Loni Loni to add to the signings of Matty Jones and Ethynne, who have both come to the area to live full time.

“Tom has made himself available after a knee injury and Phil has been cleared to play once he gets back to fitness.

“We have a good crop of youngsters at the club and they will have the opportunity to learn from some vastly experienced players.

“Every club is looking forward to the new season through the recruitment that they may have made and I know it will be a strong league once again.

“I can say that I will be disappointed, with the strength we have at our club, if we are not pushing for the top few places.

“It won’t be easy in the first month, because we are still lacking a few players, but as the season goes on we will get stronger and stronger.”

Holder also believes that the future has a bright outlook at the club.

“If you look through the teams we have a lot of strength now.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the crop of under-16s developing into colts. We have had young players in the first team like Ben Martin, Drew Govier, Jordy Wakeham and James Leach, who will continue to get better and better.”

* Scarborough RUFC minis (under-six to under-12) will be back in action on Sunday morning from 10.30am.