Watson’s high hopes ahead of new campaign

Scarborough coach Jason Lowde gives his directions  Picture by Martin Dowey
Scarborough coach Jason Lowde gives his directions Picture by Martin Dowey
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Scarborough RUFC’s new skipper Phil Watson is anticipating a successful campaign for the club with new coach Jason Lowde at the helm.

The club got back into the hard graft of pre-season on Tuesday night after a period off the pitches, and Watson was pleased to see plenty of enthusiasm on the faces of the returning players.

Watson has been named skipper in only his second season at the club since joining from Castleford, and he’s keen to make it a memorable season.

Watson said: “It’s a massive honour to be captain in just my second season at the club.

“I stepped in a few times when the captain was away but I’ve never been the skipper before.

“It’s a great club with a lovely set-up and I think we’re all set for a good season.”

Watson was delighted with the turn-out of players at the club’s first training session ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

He added: “We had over 30 there on Tuesday, which was an excellent turn out for the first session.

“It was great to see some new faces there, young and old.

“We’ve got rid of the under-19s this season so it was good to get some of the younger guys involved with the senior set-up.

“It’s much better having everyone together.”

Watson was impressed with the coaching methods and preparation of new coach Lowde, and is expecting good things from the new man at the helm.

Watson added: “Lowdey was very prepared for the session. You could tell he’s been thinking about it for a while now and he had everything planned down to the last detail.

“It was hard work and the lads were dropping like flies by the end of it, but it’s always tough at the first session. We’ve got a few weeks before our first friendly against Acklam on August 11, so that’s plenty of time to put the work in.”

The club are encouraging anyone who’d like to try rugby to turn up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.