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Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern just wants to improve on last season in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 09:30 07 September 2017

Woodford's Tom Redfern (pic Woodford RFC)

Woodford's Tom Redfern (pic Woodford RFC)

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Woodford head coach Tom Redfern says the aim this year is to simply do better than last term as he prepares for his second season in charge of the London Two North East outfit.

In his first campaign at the helm, Redfern guided the Highams club to 12 victories from their 22 league outings.

Over the summer, there have been plenty of comings and goings as Woodford look to build a squad capable of improving on their seventh-place finish last term.

But Redfern is expecting the league to be even tougher this year, with plenty of teams harbouring hopes of doing well.

“It’s an odd league. There are some teams who are going to surprise a few, but I feel the boys we have brought in will be a boost to us,” said Redfern.

“The aim initially is to win more games than we did last season, but the players will also have their own targets.

“The big thing is to get to boys to continue to develop as rugby players and creating the opportunities for them to do that, which we feel we do.”

As well as bringing in some new players over the summer months, Woodford have also added to their backroom staff and Liam Dunseath has joined the Highams club as assistant coach, adding plenty of experience to the ranks.

Dunseath’s CV is certainly exotic, having coached the Thailand sevens team, as well as Iran’s national 15-a-side and seven-a-side squads.

And Redfern is delighted to have been able to add someone of Dunseath’s experience to the Woodford coaching staff.

“Liam is very enthusiastic about the role, and he helps challenge me to be better, which will rub off on the players and challenge them to become better,” he added.

“Similar to myself, Liam wants a coaching career and it’s good to have him with us at Woodford.”

With Woodford starting the term against Romford & Gidea Park on September 9, there is still time for them to finalise preparations for the new term.

And Redfern says things have gone well so far during pre-season, offering positive signs for the new term, adding: “We started back in July and the focus has been about getting players to develop.

“A lot have been taking part in fitness sessions on Saturdays, which is sure to help this season.”


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