All of us must help make sure The Knoll survives
WHATEVER the current financial difficulties are at my old club Neath, I just hope that some sense can prevail this week and the club can be saved for the benefit of the town and for the generations of future players who will benefit from playing at The Gnoll.
Sentiment and history tend not to play a part in modern day rugby, but if there is a strong team and following for rugby in Neath it is a good litmus test for the general health of the game in Wales. I learned so much there and was able to became the player I was because of the grounding I received.
I know the structure is different now, but the aspiring young professionals from Neath Port Talbot College always raise their game when they play at The Gnoll and it is one of those places that never fails to inspire.
The postponement of yesterday’s Premiership game at Bedwas was probably sensible, given the financial uncertainty surrounding the club and the proposed winding up order and court appearance in Cardiff this week.
It is such a mess and sad state of affairs. But the club will survive. It is now down to all of us who have benefitted from the unique rugby atmosphere and experience of The Gnoll to ensure the club can thrive in the future.
The Championship beckons next season, but relegation might be the making of the club for the future. Drop down, regroup and find a way to build for the future.
Now, where are those boots!