Turner buzzing for start of the sea­son

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY GEOFF LIGHT­FOOT

“WE can’t wait for the sea­son to be­gin,” en­thused Firwood Water­loo head coach Stu Turner fol­low­ing two suc­cess­ful warm up games against lo­cal op­po­si­tion.

“We took on Al­trin­cham Ker­sal the other Satur­day and although we won 36-0 the score­line does not re­ally re­flect how well AK played.

“They gave us a re­ally tough work out and have given us some­thing to think about as we be­gin se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion this Satur­day.”

Last Thurs­day Firwood Water­loo played South­port and came out 17-7 the bet­ter.

“This was another stiff test for us but it was good to come away with a sec­ond vic­tory,” Turner de­clared.

“We have now had a chance to look at all our new sign­ings in a com­pet­i­tive sit­u­a­tion and I am well pleased with what I have seen.

“There is some good tal­ent there and most of them will be knock­ing on the door for first team se­lec­tion.”

The club have now added a fur­ther seven play­ers to their squad with the sign­ings of full back Dar­ragh O’Brien, scrum half Luke Clif­ford, cen­tre Joe Bowmer, out­side half Max Sedg­wick and back row Rob Hobbs all from Liver­pool Col­le­giate.

In ad­di­tion Kurt Ri­ley a prop from West Park and Josh Critch­ley a back row from South­port, have also joined the group who signed ear­lier.

“We have cer­tainly added some depth to our squad but dur­ing the course of the sea­son they will all be needed,” Turner ex­plained.

“Although se­lec­tion at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult due to the com­pe­ti­tion for places this is a very tough league and as the sea­son un­folds there will be need to call on all our re­sources.”

Firwood Water­loo kick off this Satur­day at home to Manch­ester and although they man­aged the dou­ble over their ri­vals last term, Turner is ex­pect­ing a stern test at Blun­dell­sands.

“Like our­selves, Manch­ester is an old es­tab­lished club with an equally proud his­tory, they will want re­venge for last sea­son so we need to be on the top of our game if we want to get our sea­son off to a win­ning start.”

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