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Essex League Division One B: Dagenham and Mark Collins excited about start of another new season

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 September 2017

A Dagenham player attacks (pic Tim Edwards)

A Dagenham player attacks (pic Tim Edwards)

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Experienced coach explains how he is looking for the club to progress and not just keep developing young players

Dagenham start their Essex League Division One B term away to Old Brentwoods this weekend and director of rugby Mark Collins wants to begin with a good result.

The D’s struggled at times last season, but enjoyed an upturn in fortune following the turn of the year and are now looking to kick on in the 2017/18 campaign.

Collins believes a stronger forward line-up should see Dagenham compete more from set-pieces, which may be crucial this weekend.

He said: “We start at home to Old Brentwoods and that is a good game to begin with to see where we are at. I feel we have more weight, so if we can hold our own in the set-pieces we should do well.

“All of our youngsters have another year of experience and that makes a big difference in rugby, so I am excited about the season.”

D’s lost 20-15 at home to a Romford & Gidea Park XV last Saturday, but will aim to claim an opening day win this weekend.

The experienced coach is keen to see more progress from his young squad with development not enough to see the Dagenham director of rugby happy.

“I am always enthusiastic about what we can achieve and I definitely want an improvement on last season,” said Collins.

“The experience we now have mixed with the good young lads we are producing should see us do well, but it is important we are not just developing our players.

“We need to be progressing as a club at the same time because if you just develop, develop and develop then eventually you lose them lads to the big boys.

“If the club is progressing while you are developing the players you have then it can lead to good times, so that’s what we want.”

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