The Scarborough RUFC players all had to adhere to strict protocols during their return to contact training, introduced by the RFU, and Cartwright was very happy with the first session.
He said: “It was a really good session and everyone was happy to get back to full contact.
“We know that it’s all about building up slowly but as things progress hopefully we will be ready to play competitive fixtures in the new year.
“The lads are used to social distancing and Matty (Jones) has made sure that we all understand what we can and can’t do.”
The YDO has seen a positive number of juniors return to Silver Royd and is hopeful of putting together a fixture list for them in the new year.
“The numbers have been great at the club and the coaches have really helped by sticking to all the measures,” he told The Scarborough News.
“It would be nice to be able to coincide our senior fixtures with the juniors and make sure that everyone is playing rugby.
“We’ve waited ages to be able to play rugby and hopefully this new league will give us the chance to put all our training to good use.”
Cartwright believes that the quality of rugby played will be much higher following the prolonged period away from the game.
“The training numbers have been good at the club and I’m sure that the quality will be high when we return to the games.
“It’s always nice to have something to work towards and it’ll be vital for us to keep working over Christmas to make sure that we are fully prepared.”