SCARBOROUGH RUFC Youth Development Officer Matty Jones is keen to sign off on a winning note in his final home game for the Silver Royd club this weekend against Heath, 3pm kick-off.
The Kiwi ace, who joined Scarborough as a 21-year-old in the 2006/07 season, is heading back to New Zealand later next month with his wife Lucy and six-month-old son Tyson, and wants to make his last home game a memorable one.
“It would be great to win my last home game. It’s also the final match at Silver Royd for my fellow Kiwis Louis Karl and Deina Morete, as they are heading home, so we’ll all be eager to sign off on a high.
“Last week’s defeat against Brid was a wake-up call, reminding us that there are still plenty of games to be won and we need to be back on form on Saturday.”
Jones has many happy memories of his time in Scarborough, as a player and as a YDO.
“It has been a great experience to play at Scarborough and I have made many good friends in rugby and social circles.
“On the playing front my favourite memory has to be our quarter-final at Bradford Salem in 2007. We may have lost, but it was a great atmosphere as a coachload of players and a coach full of supporters made for a superb day out.”
Jones added: “Scarborough is a great place to live, it reminds me very much of my home town of Glenfield in North Harbour, Auckland. With my wife Lucy coming from Scarborough, and our son being born here, we will certainly be returning to visit on many occasions.
“It has been a very exciting time for me as YDO as I have seen the club move from a base in Newby, where it was difficult to fit all the teams in, to a superb facility at Silver Royd where teams have their own pitches and plenty of top-notch equipment and training facilities.
“I feel the future is very bright for Scarborough RUFC.
“There are already plenty of local young lads coming up through the ranks, such as Phil Stewart, Chris Purdy and Rob Squires, and the current boom in interest in junior rugby means that this can only improve in the next five to 10 years as they graduate to senior rugby.”
Jones concluded: “I will be sad to leave Scarborough as it is a great club, but when you see more than 200 youngsters heading down to the club every Sunday morning for training and matches you realise that there will be plenty of top players at the club for years to come.”