BIG STEP UP FOR CAMBUS
Coach says his team deserves the promotion punt
Cambuslang Rugby Club coach Jamie Seery admits the club’s promotion to the West Division 1 has been an anti-climax but knows his players deserve the step up.
The Coats Park side have been granted qualification to the league above due to only one team being relegated from the National League Division 3.
Dalziel avoided the dreaded drop with a couple of games to spare which meant only one team from the west of Scotland, Greenock, was relegated.
Two clubs from the West Division 1 and 2 have now secured promotion which will see The Cambus, who finished second in their respective league table, join their title rivals Stewartry in the same division come September.
Seery admitted it was difficult for the team to celebrate due to three months of waiting for news but insists his men’s performance throughout their campaign warranted a reward.
The 26-year-old, who watched their hopes of winning the league dashed when they lost to Stewartry on the penultimate day of the season, said: “It feels a bit of anti-climax. Obviously we are glad to be promoted but we’ve not really been able to celebrate it.
“I feel they deserve to be up there with their performances over the season. It’s been a long wait to find out what postion we would be in but it’s great to know we’ll be promoted.
“It was disappointing the way the season ended with Stewartry who we were even with throughout.”
Cambuslang will return to the West Division 1 with the same group of players from last season bar David Bolton who retired at the end of the last campaign.
The club were relegated from the league in the 2015/16 season under former coach Robbie Stewart.
But since taking over the side, Seery has guided the players back to where they belong and the sky is the limit according to the young coach.
“It [promotion] doesn’t change my plans at all. I still want to stay with the club and put in the good performances. We are going into the unknown a little bit as the team that was in the West Division 1 last time has changed.
“The teams in this division will be harder than in the West 2 but we aim to compete against most, if not all.”
It is a step up a level for the Coats Park side who have been there before but Seery revealed he is also looking to add to the squad for next season.
“That was the most important thing, keeping everyone together,” he said. “They played well and started to know how one another played and we’ll look to build on last season. “We’ve got a few people interested but it’s just about getting them in to train and looked at. We are looking at props and hookers to add to our front row.
“We had two weeks off when the season finished but we’ve been back in training. It’s a long pre season so we’ll hope to fix up some
Bounce back Jamie Seery