With the Knights scheduled back for pre-season training on June 15th we caught up with mainstay winger Tyson Lewis as he enjoys the final fortnight of the off-season before reuniting with his Knights teammates as 2015/16 preparations begin.
Pre-season is traditionally a grueling time for all pros as the bid to get in peak physical condition ahead of the upcoming campaign begins and Tyson expects that a demanding schedule will be in store for him and his Knights teammates over the next two and half months.
“It feels like yesterday that we finished last season down in Plymouth and pre-season gets underway in just over two-weeks, it’s gone so quickly but it’ll be good to be back in the team environment.
“I have no doubt we’ll get put through our paces fitness wise and be in for a bit of beasting but I’ve been keeping on top of my training so, hopefully, I shouldn’t be in a bad starting place.
“I don’t know exactly what the coaching team have in store for us but pre-season’s tend to follow a particular pattern and the start is usually the worst with plenty of testing going on.
“The first five or so weeks will be really tough then you start doing more structural stuff and a bit more rugby.”
Tyson has been an almost ever-present name on the Knights team sheet since arriving from Plymouth three years ago but will be taking nothing for granted with regards to competing for position ahead in the 2015/16 side but feels the early signs look good for a strong campaign.
“It’s always the same, every new season. No ones place in the starting fifteen is guaranteed and pre-season is the time where you need to get your head down and show the coaches why the position should be yours.
“Last year was all about consolidating and making sure we stayed in the league and this year we need to push on, we need to turn the narrow defeats we suffered last season in to wins.
“Who knows where we could be at the end of the season, we showed what we can be capable of at times last season, the squad is shaping up nicely and things are looking good.”