New Clevedon director of rugby Dave Owen has bullishly predicted that his side will be pushing for promotion during their 2020-21 Western Counties North campaign, writes Ollie Young.
Owen has recently taken the role after former boss Nick Hill stepped down after 10 years in charge at the club.
The Somerset outfit struggled last season, spending the majority of the season in the bottom half of the table before finishing one spot above the relegation places.
However, Owen said he is confident of changing the club’s fortunes: “I watched them last year and I know they struggled for lots of reasons but if we don’t aim for promotion, we would be being negative,” he enthused when speaking to The Indy.
“If recruitment has gone as well as I think it has and we have a decent pre-season, I think we have a decent chance at promotion.
Owen admitted that he would be making the most of his contacts from Clevedon School, where he has taught for 27 years.
He said: “I’m in a lucky position where I’ve taught at the school for many years and they’ll be the boys I’ll chase straight away. The ones I know who have stopped playing or are now playing elsewhere.”
Owen added: “I am incredibly honoured to have this job, I really can’t wait to get started here. I’m really excited to work with players who I’ve worked with before and the club is a massive part of the local community, so I’m looking forward to getting this club buzzing again.”
Making up the rest of the coaching team will be skills and attack coach Nick George, a former Clevedon player himself.
Also joining the set-up at Coleridge Vale is current University of West England assistant coach Jon Vickers. Before moving into coaching, Vickers, a hooker by trade turned out for both Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.
The club are welcoming players of every standard who want to be part of their exciting future.
Staying in Western Counties North, Avonmouth Old Boys have revealed the captains for their four senior male and female teams.
Firstly, the Old Boys’ first team we will be lead next term by long-serving second-row George Tomkins.
His understudy is flying winger Josh Krupa, another player who has given many years of service at Barracks Lane.
Before league matches below the Premiership were halted in March due to coronavirus, Avonmouth were chasing a play-off place and eventually finished fourth.
The second team will be led by Irishman Kev McGivern, while the third’s skippered by Blayne Jenkins.
Finally, the Avonmouth ladies’ captain will be Summer Alzanti.