Rugby: Old Cooperians reveal return of Ratford
PUBLISHED: 14:30 23 April 2020
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Old Cooperians have begun their preparations for the 2020-21 London Three campaign with a key signing.
Craig Ratford will return to the Upminster club in a player-coach role, focusing on attack.
And director of rugby Andy Yarrow was delighted to welcome the experienced Ratford back to St Mary’s Lane.
He said: “Ratty is a high calibre of player and shares my philosophy and vision for how we want to play the game.
“He returns to the club after spending last season starting as fly-half for London One side Eton Manor and I wish them all the best for the upcoming season.
“The signing of a player of Craig’s pedigree outlines the club’s ambitions and intentions for the upcoming season.
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“We’ve been in discussion with a number of other players that also share this ambition, drive and dedication required to success at this level. I look forward to welcoming some of these players to pre-season.”
Ratford admitted he had enjoyed his time with Manor and admitted it was tough to leave the New Wilderness outfit, but is relishing his next challenge.
He added: “Leaving Eton Manor to come back to Coops was a tough decision. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time there and it’s definitely a special club.
“But after speaking with Yarrow and some of the boys, I’m really excited to be back in the mix at Coops and I can’t wait to bring some new ideas and a new style of playing to the club.
“Coops is a great place to play rugby and the boys are top notch. I’m definitely looking forward to some post-match shandys throughout the season!”
Daryl Ox will also hold a player-coach role, focusing on set-piece, with Ian Roper as skills coach and Hayley West as strength & conditioning coach/sports therapist.
The club hope to hold a team meeting on June 22 to review last season, discuss their vision for the new term, as well as aims for the team and each player.
Yarrow added: “We look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible but for now please stay safe.”
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