After almost nine seasons in charge as Director of Rugby, it is with great sadness but also immense pride that I will say farewell to Doncaster Knights Rugby Club in May 2020.
During my time, I have been privileged to recruit and coach some wonderful players, work with dedicated coaches, management and captains whilst also enjoying the company of everyone associated with the club. All of them wonderful people.
It has been a memorable journey with numerous landmark victories, B&I Cup and Premiership Finals, play offs, a promotion, plus, it has to be said, those memorable highs mixed with some extreme tragedy.
Our supporters have been absolutely magnificent throughout and I would like to say a huge thank you to them for making the journey so much easier for me and the lads. Thanks also to John Lowe and Paul Morris who twice acted on the club’s behalf to negotiate to bring to me to Castle Park on two separate occasions.
However, pride of place and mention has to go to Messrs Lloyd and De Mulder, whose love of our club plus their unwavering financial input has allowed Doncaster Rugby to grow, flourish and enjoy the good times that we have all experienced and enjoyed.
I hold both Steve and Tony in the highest esteem.
They are gentlemen and I feel very privileged to be able to call them my friends.
A leader should know when it is time to move on – in the best interests of the club. The time is right for a new direction with a continued lineage that will serve the club well in years to come.
Steve Boden is someone who I know from my first stint at the club. The committed, no nonsense player I coached has now taken those characteristics into his coaching career and is tailor-made to continue the clubs progress on and off the field. I wish Steve, his staff and playing group all the very best for the future.
We now have several Knights players in key positions within the club, all of whom have the best interests of the club at heart. The future is bright.
Personally, I will now look forward to the next challenge wherever that may take me but as the famous saying goes, “I’ll be back”.
That said, there is still a lot of rugby to be played from now until May and the determined attitude to improve and succeed will be the same as it has been throughout my tenure.
Let the games begin!