Greenslade-Jones happy with Bracknell RFC's 'favourites' tagBy Adam Lee
August 30, 2012
New Bracknell coach Rory Greenslade-Jones admits the ‘favourites’ tag bestowed on his side prior to the start of the new South West 1 East season is a welcome one.
Despite their relegation last season, the Lily Hill men have managed to retain the services of the majority of their squad, and on paper should be a match for anyone in the division.
It is a feeling shared by new coach Greenslade-Jones, who now wants the players to prove their ability having told him that their No.1 aim for the season was to go straight back up.
They started their competitive season against Redingensians in the rearranged Berkshire Cup final on Saturday.
Bracknell eventually went down 24-0, but against a side who will surely be pushing for promotion from the division above Bracknell, Greenslade-Jones couldn’t have asked for much more.
“Saturday was a good test for us,” he said.
“Redingenians are a strong outfit and a little bit further down the path than we are, but I thought we played admirably.
“We conceded a couple of tries because of mistakes, but apart from that I think if we play them again at the end of the season I think we would give them a real run for their money. We’re nowehere near that yet, but were moving forward in the right direction.
“It was our first time as a matchday squad and Redingensians told me afterwards that they believed it was their hardest test throughout pre-season.
“The boys are up for it, we’re training hard and motivated and they just want to go out there and lay down a marker to the rest of the league.
“I’m glad we’re perceived to be the favourites. We set our objectives and the players said that they wanted to get promoted.
“We have been given the tools to get back so on my head be it.
“We just want to get out there now and get some game time.”
Having taken over the reins at Lily Hill earlier this summer, Greenslade Jones has already stamped his authority on the club.
He has revamped the coaching staff, bringing in fellow coaches Paul Hancock and Steven Silvester as well as conditioning coach Wesley Santos and first team manager Nick Stone.
On top of that, he has vowed to revolutionise the way the players at all levels of the club interact.
For instance, as well as adopting a ‘one club’ policy, every first teamer will be obliged to help out in four training sessions with an assigned junior team during the season.
Alongside a number of other new policies, it is hoped these will create the basis of a stronger club as they look to rediscover the glory days at Lily Hill.
“It’s all been very good so far,” said Greenslade-Jones.
“I’ve been putting a few structures in place and the club have been very helpful with any requirements I have had.
“I think the main objective I had, and the one that actually got me the job, was trying to bridge the gap between the first team and every other team at the club.
“The first team has been working in isolation and that has made it hard to engage with other parts of the club.
“Our main objective for the season is to be promoted and when we are promoted we want to know the foundations are in place for us to continue to move forward.”
Bracknell start their South West 1 East campaign away at Bletchley on Saturday (3pm kick-off).