08:45PM, Wednesday 30 June 2021
Myke Parrott believes he is witnessing the ‘most talented team’ he’s ever seen at Maidenhead RFC as he detailed his excitement of the senior squad’s recruitment and retainment ahead of the new rugby season.
While the first team keep their feet up for another fortnight before pre-season preparations officially get underway, director of rugby Parrott, head coach David Mobbs-Smith and chairman Stephen Bough have been working hard off the field to ensure the club are best prepared for the new campaign.
This has included pencilling in a series of friendlies commencing August 7, signing a handful of new players, and welcoming the return of a few well known faces who have had a spell away from Braywick Park to either compete internationally or at levels above.
“There is lots going on,” said Parrott. “The squad are having a bit of downtime but me, Mobbsy, and the chairman are quite the opposite to be honest.
“We were pretty full on with fitness and S&C (strength and conditioning) work after the lockdown ease in February, so we wanted to give the lads a break for their physical, and mental, wellbeing. They will be back in training on July 15 to get prepared for some pre-season friendlies.
“We start on August 7 away at Henley which will be a really good test. Henley are a well-established club in the league above. That will be a good contest for us to begin with. Then we have Guildford on the 14th at ours before we visit their place on the 21st.
“I’m sure the players will have kept themselves ticking over during this downtime. Our S&C coach has got them all on a program, so they’ve had some work to do.
“We’ve got a lot of players at different stages of rest and recovery. Some are coming back from injuries but others, Mark Darlington, for example, has played a fair bit. He’s played for the Netherlands internationally, so he will need more of a rest, whereas others need to work quite hard because they have done very little.”
Parrott added: “Overall, I’m really excited about the making of the squad. This is the most talented team I’ve seen at the club. I will be formally announcing the boys who have joined, and also those who have returned, soon.
“There are a couple of very exciting returning Maids lads that have gone away and played at higher levels. I’m very excited about the potential we’ve got in this senior squad. There is also a real balance of young Maids lads and a very high proportion of homegrown players which is always what we want and need at the club.”
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