NEW DROITWICH RFC director of rugby Adam Drew says the club is now in a ‘happy place’ since he took over and expects his side to challenge for the top spots in Midlands Three West (South) this season.
After finishing rock bottom of Midlands Two West (South) last season, the Glynn Mitchell Memorial Ground outfit will be hoping to bounce straight back under the leadership of the club’s long-serving member Drew.
As part of a five-strong coaching team, Drew has been pleased with how the squad have been performing in training and has made two big coups in the form of Bromsgrove’s Phil Horton and James Shewell.
Drew was also left mesmerised on Saturday as his new-look Droitwich ran riot at Old Saltleians to claim a 54-0 victory thanks to a hat-trick of tries from Brad Smith, two from Matt Barnes and Dan Wilkinson and one from Pete Knight.
Drew said: “I was very pleased with the victory as last season was a complete wash-out and the player morale was down.
“What we’ve now done for this season is brought in some experienced heads into the senior side to steady things.
“We’ve got a good ship now and everything is on track – it’s a happy place to be at the moment.
“I’m getting more than 30 players coming to training every Tuesday and Thursday each week which is great to see.”
Drew, who has been a coach at the club for 12 years, is confident Droitwich has what it takes to do well next season but is not too worried if they don’t achieve promotion straight away.
“The target for us is to finish in the top four and if we get promotion, that’s great, but I’m not worried if we stay in this division for another year,” he added.
“When you look at Worcester Warriors, they’ve been up and down but built a platform to stay up every year.
“That’s what I want to do. I want to build a platform which will keep this side up.”
Droitwich take on Halesowen at home on Saturday (2pm KO) in their next pre-season friendly.