Rugby coach has no fear about upcoming season
EAST Kilbride Rugby Club coach Jason Currie has told his players they have nothing to fear ahead of the new season.
The fixtures for the 2012/13 campaign were released last month, with the few tweaks that have been made to RBS West Division One, and the Torrance House boss sees no reason why his side cant challenge for the title.
After finishing fifth last season, East Kilbride remain in the same league but the league shake-up means there has been no promotion for the top two sides, Marr and GHK, while new boys Helensburgh come in from West Division Two. Kilmarnock also joined the ranks after dropping down from the National League.
Despite the increase in competition, Currie believes the changes are for the better and mean everything is to play for.
He told the News: The league has changed a bit from last season, but that is a good thing because the restructuring has made for a much stronger league.
If we want to be in contention, we need to face up to the challenge from these teams and, given we only lost one game from January to March last season, I think we showed we are capable of beating these teams.
Last season, we really upped our game against the so-called bigger teams like Marr and GHK, but we need to make sure we can handle the challenge from other sides as well this time.
With respect to the teams in the league, we shouldnt fear any of them.
Our only problem is that we pressed the self-destruct button a few times and sometimes our biggest opponent was ourselves.
So if we can cut out the complacency we can be a force to be reckoned with.
East Kilbride start their competitive season with a Shield match against Allan Glens on August 25, but the campaign begins in earnest on September 1 when they travel to face new boys Helensburgh.
Over the summer, the clubs players have been maintaining their fitness through a series of Rugby Sevens events and the East Kilbride coach hopes it will stand them in good stead when pre-season begins this week.
He added: The Sevens went well, there were a few hiccups along the way, but its the first year weve done it, so you expect that.
The guys have had a good few games under their belts and it has kept them ticking over since the end of March, when the season finished rather early this year.
But the proof of the pudding will come this week when we start pre-season and then we see how well prepared they are.
The good thing for us we will hold onto the squad we had last season.
Last years captain Paul Rosie has left us to pursue a career in the Merchant Navy but, aside from him, I dont expect to lose any more, so we will have good continuity in there and a good squad to choose from.
EKs second string have also been affected by the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) restructuring as they move up to the RBS Reserve League West One.
They kick-off on September 1 away to Cartha Queens Park.