DONCASTER Knights have a new Director of Rugby for next season and he is Brett Davey who is currently our assistant coach.
Even though Brett has been with us for two seasons, we followed past practice in advertising the post and he beat a really good selection of applicants to secure the position.
Brett is one of the few sportsmen I guess who has played in European competitions at both rugby union and soccer.
At the height of his playing career he was full-back for Pontypridd who, at the time, were a top Welsh club side who boasted the likes of legendary fly-half and Wales and British Lions goal-kicker Neil Jenkins in their ranks.
In soccer he played for Ton Pentre when, against all odds, they got through to the European Club championship as it was then.
I am sure that everyone at the club joins me in wishing Brett every success when he takes over from his former coach at Pontypridd, Lynn Howells, at the end of the season.
The Championship is now reaching the climax of what is called the “regular season” when the twelve clubs play each other home and away to determine the top-eight who will go into the two promotion play-off pools and the bottom-four who will go into the relegation play-off pool.
Knights’ scrappy win at home to Plymouth last weekend just about sees them secure in the promotion play-offs barring a bizarre set of results in the next three weekends.
This coming Saturday the Knights are away at Rotherham in a match that has added significance over and about the usual South Yorkshire bragging rights.
A win for sixth-placed Knights will guarantee them a place in the promotion play-offs whilst defeat would make Rotherham, currently seven points behind them in seventh place, look over their shoulders at the chasing Plymouth and Bristol, or even outsiders Esher.
A win for the Titans and they should be reasonably confident of making the play-offs. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to at Clifton Lane on Saturday.
The following weekend Knights are at home to Esher (KO 2.30pm) and this is also our Past Players’ Lunch. Each year we have players there who span seven decades although, regrettably, representation from the late 1940’s is getting less and less. It’s a great day when we all meet up and discuss old times although, with fading memories, thoughts have to be nudged occasionally. Hopefully, by then, Knights will have secured a play-off spot.