Gadd and Parkin­son bol­ster Blues ranks

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD RUFC has an­nounced the sign­ings of two fa­mil­iar faces to Pri­ory Park.

Prop Mar­shall Gadd was on loan at The Blues from Rother­ham last sea­son and has made the move per­ma­nent in a player/coach role with Mac­cles­field.

The sec­ond of the two sign­ings is back row for­ward Ryan Parkin­son, who tasted great suc­cess in his last stint at the Blues be­fore mov­ing to Sedgely Tigers.

Parkin­son fin­ished as lead­ing try scorer in Na­tional 2 North when the Blues were pro­moted in the 13/14 sea­son.

He ad­mit­ted that the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to Pri­ory Park was one that he couldn’t turn down.

“I had a brief con­ver­sa­tion with Giles Hea­gerty (head coach) and when I knew Mac­cles­field were in­ter­ested again it was hard to turn down.

“I left a lot of friends here who are still here and when speak­ing to Giles about where he wanted to take the club it was a no brainer for me to re-join and get in­volved.”

Parky links up with Hea­gerty for the third time in his rugby ca­reer. He was coached by the Macc gaffer dur­ing his time at Wilm­slow and dur­ing his last term with The Blues.

“Giles was my gaffer quite a few years ago at Wilm­slow, and you could see then he was go­ing to be a top coach. He lives and breathes rugby and is very pas­sion­ate about win­ning which suits me down to the ground. He also knows me very well and I’m hop­ing this knowl­edge will help me im­prove fur­ther as a player and get the best out of me.”

Gadd has per­son­ally moved from a full time rugby pro­fes­sional to come to Macc – he there­fore is go­ing through a tran­si­tional stage, as fa­cil­i­ties at Mac­cles­field may be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to what he was used to at Cham­pi­onship side Rother­ham.

“My ini­tial thoughts of Macc whilst on loan was the size of the gap be­tween the two leagues in terms of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, fund­ing, ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties and squad size, but all this aside there was some­thing that felt right be­ing at The Blues, hence why I’m here now,” he said.

“It’s a big change from what I’m used to but I’m re­ally en­joy­ing things at the mo­ment, I just hope the coach­ing side of things doesn’t af­fect my play­ing side too much and we have a good sea­son.”

Both Gadd and Parkin­son have ex­pressed hopes of a very com­pet­i­tive sea­son in Na­tional 2, with a Blues squad they think can re­ally chal­lenge at the top.

Gadd com­mented: “I, on a per­sonal level, would be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed if, come the end of the sea­son, we weren’t right up there with a shout of go­ing back up, although it’s go­ing to be a long, tough sea­son judg­ing by how teams are re­cruit­ing and plenty of lo­cal der­bies. We have kept the ma­jor­ity of play­ers from last year and added too, which gives us a good foun­da­tion mov­ing for­ward.”

Ryan Parkin­son added: “I per­son­ally play to win first and fore­most above ev­ery­thing and any­thing else and I think all of the lads and man­age­ment team have that same mind-set which was one of the big­gest at­trac­tions for com­ing back. It looks like an even tougher league this year so we will have to play and train even harder to com­pete at the top of the league but I’m con­fi­dent we will be there or there­abouts.”

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