Barking RFC: Alex Codling joins London Scottish as forwards coach

PUBLISHED: 15:26 16 May 2011 | UPDATED: 13:16 17 May 2011

Alex Codling

Alex Codling

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Codling reflects on two and a half years at Barking.

Alex Codling has made the move to National One winners London Scottish as forwards coach.

The former Saracens lock ended a two and a half year affiliation with the Goresbrook outfit after Saturday, on the back of a 49-12 defeat at Macclesfield.

Codling had announced his intention to leave Barking midway through the season, and after several offers decided to take up the one offered by Scottish.

He enjoyed a successful time with Barking, as they went on to secure promotion to National One last season, and almost guided them to amazing back-to-back successes.

But they just came up short in the final moments of the London Scottish game at Goresbrook on May 7.

Despite that harrowing defeat Codling looks back at his time with immense pride, and believes the greatest achievement is the progression he has seen in the players

“Individually and collectively I have watched the boys grow into great players,” he said.

“They deserve huge praise for this season’s efforts, and it is only when they retire that some of these boys will sit down and reflect on what they have achieved.

Codling has been a forwards coach before at London Welsh and was relishing the opportunity to test himself at a higher level.

“I received the offer from them on the Sunday morning after the Scottish game,” he said.

“If Barking had got promoted there was no question I would have been going somewhere else rather than London Scottish.

“It was still rather emotional after the game against Scottish, and I was as disappointed with the result as all the players.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Barking and now it is a new chapter in my career.

“It is a challenging I am relishing and one I am really looking forward to.

“The last two and a half years have been incredible. I can look back at that time with pleasure, and I want to wish everyone at Barking all the best for the future.”

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