Coach wants Bury St Edmunds title-winners to remain at National 2 new-boys
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Bury St Edmunds head coach Gavin Hogg will sit down with his title-winning squad this week, to discuss their futures with the club.
The dust has barely settled on the Wolfpack’s superb 61-10 win over Gravesend at the weekend, which secured the team’s second promotion in three years, but Hogg admitted he and Playing Chairman Terry Sands already had one eye on the future.
And part of their plan will be to try and pin down the majority of this season’s team, who have played an integral role in the club’s rise to National 2.
“We will be sitting down with players this week and making sure we secure guys for next season,” said Hogg.
“We have spoken to the majority of the squad and everyone wants to be part of what we are doing next year, so now it’s just a case of crossing a few ‘Ts’ and dotting a few ‘Is’ and starting to put a few plans in place for next season.”
Hogg watched his team amass 800 points this season as well as finish with the division’s meanest defence and believes, with one or two additions, he has a squad capable of making the step up.
“The guys that have done the job this season are all good enough to make the step up,” Hogg added.
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“We feel certain our style of rugby is suited to National 2 as we think the more you climb up the leagues, the more you are rewarded for playing more positive rugby.
“We have shown that our pack can compete with lots at this level so we may have to strengthen in there with one or two additions.
“The main thing is to play with lots of conviction and hopefully win more than we lose.”
Bury’s rise may have surprised the club’s hierarchy, according to Hogg, but the Irishman is keen for his team to keep progressing.
“National 2 was the vision shared with me when I joined the club four years ago,” he explained.
“I am not quite sure we expected to get here as quick as we have, so next year it’s about consolidating and finding our feet.
“But we are a club that once we find out what it takes, we put in building to develop and improve.
”We won’t stand still as a club and if we can push over the next few years, that will be fantastic.”
Meanwhile, chairman Mike Robinson has paid tribute to the club’s management team, players and supporters.
He said: “The hard work, dedication to training, skills and fitness by the players and the coaching team over the whole season has paid off and reflects their commitment.
“I would also like to pay a special tribute to Terry Sands.
“He has been the architect, mastermind and driving force behind our success on the pitch, ably assisted by his lieutenant Gav Hogg. “Terry’s commitment and passion for Bury Rugby as well as his expertise in the game has delivered this championship and level 4 rugby.
“The players deserve huge credit; they have to put their bodies on line week in week out and deserve all the accolades and our utmost respect for what they have achieved; but any good team needs a first class general to be effective, and often Terry’s unstinting work behind the scenes goes unrecognised.”
He added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all club members, sponsors and supporters for their unwavering support throughout the season, which has without doubt helped to carry the squad through to this momentous achievement.”