Smith Thrilled With Preseason Progress

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Smith Thrilled With Preseason Progress

Head Coach, Tony Smith is delighted with the progress that his side is making as they have surpassed the quarter stage of 2021’s preseason training schedule.

Along with an injection of new faces, Tony Smith’s men have returned to training feeling enthused and eager to impress, as players start to give their head coach thoughts of a starting role in the side.

In light of the season being pushed back until the 25th March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team have been training in small groups and wearing masks wear possible to adhere to government guidelines.

“All the players have come back in really good shape and enthusiastic. We’re all happy to be out of our houses and we’re honoured and privileged that we can get out there and train,” said Smith.

“It’s all new and fresh at the moment which is great. There is a buzz about them and we’re all really enjoying it.

“It’s challenging at the moment that’s for sure, we’ve had some testing days with some frosty conditions, but we’ve handled all that really well and that challenge of coronavirus and we’re all healthy, happy and doing the right things.

“The new faces have been great, they have really helped us and have been an inspiration. It’s all new and exciting for them, they also add some freshness to our boys who have been here for a while.”

Ahead of the upcoming season squad numbers were assigned throughout the side, although Smith wants to leave no doubt that the starting 13 has not yet been decided due to a healthy competition for places.

“I wouldn’t read too much into the numbers. We play people where we need them to play and at the appropriate time. For instance, will Kane (Linnett) play second-row? That isn’t decided yet. He’ll carry that number for next year, but we just try to put people in appropriate numbers for where they can play and what possibilities may happen.

“Just because you have a smaller number on your back doesn’t mean that you are going to be in that team. We have got a lot of competition for places and people are going to have to earn the right.

“It’s an exercise that we have to allocate numbers, but it means very little in terms of giving people assurances of what their roles and numbers are of the year.”

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