DONCASTER Knights’ new head coach Glen Kenworthy has been impressed by the club’s new-look squad as pre-season training starts to gather momentum.
Strength and conditioning coach Dougie Flockhart, is putting the squad through their paces four days a week in the build-up to the start of the 2012-13 Championship season in September.
“It’s a tough start for the boys with Dougie running the show at the moment,” said the New Zealander, who hung up his boots at the end of last season.
“It makes me glad that I retired from the playing side with the size and amount of weights rising and the fitness intensity increasing considerably. But it will give us a real head start and with the lads not returning in bad shape and enthusiasm and energy buzzing around the place, it is really exciting.
“We are still at the primary stages, but things are going well, and thanks to Tom Luke, skills sessions have started earlier than ever. We are all eager for the season and the players are itching to get on the field.”
Kenworthy believes the increased youth of the side will stand Knights in good stead.
“The young lads have so much enthusiasm and determination to work hard, and there is a real positive energy around the place. The likes of Sam Pailor and Rhys Buckley have plenty to say, but back it up with how they train.
“Technically and physically this is the most impressive group we’ve had. The Loughborough lads, Will Simpson and Dante Mama, are in good shape and the competition is keeping the standards high.”