Langley will take us to new level, vows Foresters boss
GLOUCESTER starlet Rob Langley will have a big impact on the Cinderford squad, says director of rugby Andy Deacon.
The 21-year-old back rower has signed on dual registration for the rest of the National One campaign and gets his first run out for their United side against Luctonians today.
The Exeter-born forward trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday night, with today's visit of third-placed Rosslyn Park coming too soon for him.
The Cherry and Whites academy prospect can play six, seven or eight and even in the second row, and Deacon says his presence will help raise standards at the club.
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Deacon said: "He is a good lineout forward and he is good in the air and can carry the ball quite well because he is a big strong lad.
"He is very fit, as you would expect from training at that level all the time, and he has good understanding of the game.
"He just needs game time really and Nigel Davies at Gloucester said these guys have to play rugby and we can benefit from that attitude.
"He will bring something to us and what he brings will rub off on the other lads as well.
"He has not played a lot this year so he is champing at the bit to get involved and it will help freshen us up and hopefully make a big impact.
"It just raises the bar for us and the standards of everyone that these guys are coming in.
"Yes, he is young and inexperienced, but he has quality and he will bring something to us.
"It will help the competitive environment that we are trying to create and if we want to push up the league then we have to understand that these guys will come in and help us do that."
Langley is the latest Gloucester player to join the Foresters on loan this season after scrum-half Dave Lewis and promising prop Tom Heard.
Lewis played just the one fixture against Esher in October when Cinderford were short of nines, whereas youngster Heard is also signed up for the rest of the campaign.
Cinderford's United side coaches Paul Morris and Isaiah Young will cast an eye over Langley this weekend and report back to Deacon with the trip to Macclesfield next Saturday in mind.
With three Gloucester players arriving at Dockham Road so far this season Deacon hopes it can help strengthen the relationship between his team and the Premiership men.
Deacon added: "It is a nice connection to have with Gloucester and we are very proud to have it.
"Rob is the next player to come out of there and he wanted some game time to help his development so we have taken him on.
"Nigel Davies has been true to his word when he said when they have guys available they will send them out to us.
"Hopefully we can get a few more and I look forward to having them on board.
"But what these guys coming in must understand is they will have to work for a place along with everybody else.
"They have to understand the way we play and the way we do things here, but I am sure they will add to the quality that we already have here."