December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Barking director of rugby Nick Warren believes the early signs are positive after his side started their pre-season fixtures against Bishop’s Stortford last weekend.
The game was played over four 20-minute periods at Gale Street on Saturday, and Warren was pleased with his side’s showing, although there is still a lot of hard work ahead as they prepare for their National League Three South opener against Hertford on September 7.
“I was really pleased with the workout,” said Warren. “There are still areas which need fine tuning, but that is what pre-season is for.
“Bishop’s Stortford were a strong test, exactly what I expected. They are a good side and similar to ones we came across last year.”
Warren has been a busy man over the close season, recruiting around 20 players to complement many of last season’s squad who opted to stay.
And he now feels the competition for places is there, something which he believed the squad lacked last term.
“The boys have been working hard in training, three times a week most of the time, and with the recruitment we have done those that have come in have done well,” he added
“They’re all a lot fitter than last season. It was a young squad last time around, they will have all benefitted from going through those tough times at the age of 19-20.”
Amongst his new recruits there are a few familiar faces who have returned to the club in the shape of scrum-half Josh Cook, prop Sean Jones and blindside flanker Joe Jones, all from Thurrock.
Warren has also brought in Elliot Brown, who came through the Wasps academy, Lebanese international Joe Touma and Italian Alex Leo.
Barking continue their pre-season at Campion in a 15-a-side tournament this weekend, before ending it with a home fixture against Blackheath seconds on Friday, August 30.