Burns and Price bring optimism to Coney Hill
CONEY Hill head into their South West One East opener at Windsor tomorrow in a stronger position than last year.
At the start of the last campaign, Hill were beginning a new era under Paul Knight following the departure of head coach Paul Morris and a number of players.
But with a number of new faces, plus Gloucester star Freddie Burns honing the backs and Steve Price handling the forwards, head coach Chris Hall says they are better equipped.
"We have people on board now that are helping to push the club forward with the coaching," said former Gloucester and Worcester hooker Hall.
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"With Freddie Burns coming on board he brings new ideas with him and we have got Steve Price as well as the forwards coach who has lots of experience.
"When Paul Morris left last year we lost about 12 players because they moved on to other teams.
"We were left to pick up the pieces from what was left and start again."
With Knight leaving the club halfway through last season and Hall stepping up from forwards coach, all of the disruptions saw them losing their Combination Cup crown for the first time in a decade.
Following a promising start to the season, Hill eventually finished ninth in their division and travel to last season's fifth placed team first up in their curtain raiser.
The club are now investing more money into their youth section and combined with a sprinkling of exciting new signings, hopes are high for the future.
"New players have come along and we have started an under-17s side now so we are very organised and have a three-year plan," added Hall.
"Our league is a brilliant league. People think it is an easy league but it's not because the teams that are in it are all big town sides, so it is fantastic.
"We have got a few new signings and with the team we have got we needed a bit more strength in depth, but they have got to knock someone else out of the shirt."