Maybe, maybe not.

By Bemused of BD23
May 23 2018

My normal reaction to the end of the season is one of disappointment /relief. I then go into a cricket-induced coma for a couple of months before emerging with fresh hope and enthusiasm in time for pre-season. This summer has, so far, been different.

Our expectations were trimmed early on when the past season was effectively written off by the board and our playing strength adjusted to meet fiscal constraints. Combine this with the reconstruction of the stadium and the unique viewpoint (nearly) of our home matches from the top of the Carnegie stand and the whole season had a different feel to it.

Just as we looked to be losing the plot as a viable, competitive club Chris Stirling was appointed to review the playing side of things. He was quiet at first ( finding his feet presumably) but then we had a whirlwind week when players were signed on a daily basis and, more significantly for us, announced on the website. Poor Phil Daly must have had sore fingers that week!

Brendan Cope signed from Jersey after proving that he is one of the best fly halves in the division. His halfback partner comes from France and we have signed some tasty props. Just as important for me is the retention list. Key players  retained include Joe Buckle and Marc Thomas in the front row and the effervescent Chris Elder who will again be our main strike runner from the backs. Add Beck,Smith ,Mayhew Bainbridge and Myerscough to the retained forwards and Lucock & Forsyth to the backs then we have the makings of a competitive squad.

Last year we saw lots of talented players from the academy get match experience. I expect this to continue and lads like Fox Bullough and Davey will get opportunities to stake a claim for a starting shirt.

Finally we have John Okafor. Well maybe. Currently in Harlequins academy John is a 19 year old lock who, it is rumoured, is joining us so that he can study at Leeds Beckett University. I hope this rumour is correct.

Other clubs have been busy preparing for next season's Championship including promotion favourites London Irish and Ealing who have shipped out over 20 players and are replacing them with experience such as Tom Denton. We will not be seen as a contender which is a good thing. Anything better than 6th is an improvement and we will have the added benefit of supporting the lads from the new Southstand. That will be a whole new perspective for me.

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Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 07:21

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Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 16:15

The club have shown some welcome signs of being competitive in the top half of the table, even a pre-season fixture has been announced. But still more to do and it would be nice for the club to communicate the strategy: for instance are we in year one of a two-year promotion push? Will we be supplementing the squad with Dual Registration players?

However, looking much, much better than last season.

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 18:10

The stadium redevelopment looks like it's going to be amazing and we'll be playing our home games at one of the best rugby stadiums in the country when it's done.

I think there's a cautiously positive vibe around at the moment, caused mostly by Chris Stirling's arrival.

All in all there's enough there to stimulate interest for next year from my point of view.

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: TykeGeorge (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 20:29

Prior to the Chris Sterling announcement things felt rock bottom but with the new signings and re-signings I cannot remember feeling so enthusiastic about a new season for many a year. Season ticket Will be purchased.

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: JDH (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 21:50

If they get it right and Stirling can harness the Yorkshire talent the skys the limit.

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 21:55

If they get it right and Stirling can harness the Yorkshire talent the skys the limit.

Yeah I completely agree.

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 22:02

Just wondered if someone in BD23 has been listening to Oasis albums?

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: Wildwillie (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 07:13

"Has the world gone mad or is it me?" - Hawkwind!

Re: Maybe, maybe not.
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 20:58

Definitely Maybe. Good album but not in the same league as Disraeli Gears.


I wasn't born in Yorkshire but I got here as soon as I could

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