12:00PM, Thursday 01 August 2019
Former head coach Allan Greene has said there's no rush for Maidenhead RFC to get promoted and move on to the next level, but he’s backing the new man in charge, David Mobbs-Smith, to take them there.
Mobbs-Smith has inherited a squad that’s finished third in the South West Premier Division two seasons in a row, and Greene sees no reason why – with a little tinkering around the edges – Maids won’t be one of the promotion contenders next season.
“I can’t vouch for David but he’s got a good squad and coaching team to work with,” said Greene, who has captained and coached Maidenhead in the past.
“It probably needs a little bit of tinkering in most places but they’ve got good, experienced players and some talented players coming through. He just needs to find the right balance, but why not? (challenge for promotion).
“They’ve come third twice in a row so have that winning mentality. That winning nous.
“The strength in depth is the final piece of the jigsaw and whether he gets that or not, I don’t know.” The new coach is looking to build on the progress made under Russell Bolton and has already added a number of new faces to the squad.
Front row options Sam Curran and Dan Hostetler joined earlier this month before former Osprey’s colt Ben Mitchell and Chris Campbell linked up with the club last week.
Maids will play a series of friendly fixtures during August, starting with matches against Beaconsfield and Barnes, but they won’t get a true measure of how strong they are until Saturday, September 7 when they kick off their league campaign at Drybrook.
“It could take a bit of time,” added Greene. “But there’s no rush is there. There’s no rush from anyone at the club to go up. You’ve got to make sure that if you do go up you’re strong enough to stay there and don’t become a yo-yo side. You’ve got to have the right strength in depth and only time will tell if they’ve got that.
“I’ve always said this, if you win more than you lose at this standard it’s still a hell of a season.”
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