Barking head coach Martin Jones aiming to persuade Nico Fraser to stay at club
PUBLISHED: 12:45 08 July 2011
Barking’s head coach Martin Jones is doing his utmost to convince winger Nico Fraser into signing for the forthcoming National One season.
Fraser was instrumental for Barking last season and, although he originally opted to leave Barking due to his university commitments, Jones has not given up hope and the winger will be playing in a Middlesex sevens tournament for Barking this Saturday at Twickenham.
“Nico will be in the squad, and I am doing everything to try and keep him on board,” said Jones.
The coach continues to add to his squad for next season and has brought in James Cooper as a skills coach, while also adding to his playing staff with the captures of back row Liam Dwyer, scrum half Tom Parker and prop Tim Kavanagh.
And it was the latter who Jones was pleased to capture after he decided to make the jump from National Two South side Westcombe Park.
“I am really pleased to be bringing Tim to the club,” he said.
“He has decided to make the switch and working under Tom French will be a great guidance for him. He is the right type of coach to bring the best out of Tim.”
Jones’ squad has now had a week of pre-season training and the first signs are optimistic, according to the former London Welsh coach.
“All the boys are really settling in well now,” he said.
“They have been put through their paces and both the skills and physical tests and they have come through reasonably well.”
Barking have been invited to field a team at the Middlesex Sevens event at Twickenham on Saturday.
Head coach Jones sees this as a perfect opportunity to look at his squad ahead of the pre-season fixtures.
“It will give me and some of the other coaches an insight into the team,” he added.
“Although there is risk of injury, hopefully they’ll pull through and be okay to rejoin training after.”
The Barking squad for the tournament is: Ben Davey, Tom Cobb, Liam Dwyer, Barry DeJager, Will Nelson, Nico Fraser, Scott Shaw, Jake Bedding, Alex Foster, Luke Greatrex, Greg Kersey and Tom Burns.
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