BIG STEP UP FOR CAMBUS

Coach says his team de­serves the pro­mo­tion punt

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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