Glens' Forwards Benefit From Professional Advice
Former Glen Dave Young took time out to help prepare the Glens' pack before heading of to new Rabo Direct outfit Zebras for pre-season training in Rome
Dave played his youth rugby at Glenrothes before moving into the professional ranks at the Leicester Academy then to Gloucester, Edinburgh, Leeds Carnegie and now at the new Italian outfit Zebras.
So it was a boost to the Carleton forwards to have Dave take time out of his limited rest time to deliver a number of forward specific technical sessions.
No surprise then that attendances during the first week of the official pre-season have been so well attended. Dave has brought all of his experience at some of Europe's top clubs and emphasised the crucial importance of getting the basics right from the start.
Ball presentation, recycling the ball in the contact areas, effective line out and scrum technique have all featured in his sessions. Next week Dave will return for a scrum specific session on Thursday and a final lineout session on Saturday before joining his new team mates for his own pre-season preparations.
Dave says he has been extremely impressed with the attitude and capabilities of the forwards he has been able to work with over the last week.
"The guys have been like sponges soaking up everything we have been working on. The level of improvement in a week has been fantastic. I am sure that they will continue to improve and really deliver the goods when the season gets going."
Everyone at Carleton wishes Dave well for the season ahead and are looking forward to welcoming him back to Carleton when he is home again.
Head Coach Tom Hainey said of Dave. "We are delighted to have had Dave's input at this crucial early stage of our preparations for the season ahead. We promised the players that we would use our contacts to source specialist coaching input to improve their technical ability wherever possible. Dave has been the first ex Glen to make an impact this season and there are others who have played and coached at higher levels who have offered their assistance too; we will be taking them up on those offers soon."
He went on to say that, while numbers at training have been really encouraging, there were a number of players still to return to Carleton and he urged them not to leave it too late to do so.
"We are also on the look out for new players to come and join us. Success at Glenrothes this season will require genuine competition for every position in the team. So, if there are players at other clubs seeking a new challenge we would encourage them to come along to Carleton and see what we have to offer."
Glens first team will play in Caledonian Division 2 Midlands this season while the second string will compete in Division 3 Midlands.