Scrum-half Carlton makes Fylde switch

Bingham - on the move?

Bingham - on the move?

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Experienced scrum-half Danny Carlton has bolstered Fylde rugby club’s playing roster.

He has joined pre-season training at the Woodlands club.

Carlton had a spell playing for Manchester RFC, where he was captain, and has also been a member of the Cheshire County Championship squad.

He made history while playing at Manchester by being the club’s youngest skipper in 150 years.

Carlton was also a member of the Sale Jets squad for a time.

Fylde player-coach Paul Arnold said: “Danny had a spell living in America, but he has recently moved to live in Lytham and he has been showing up quite well in training.”

It is open to question, however, whether winger Anthony Bingham will be staying at Fylde for a further season.

There is also interest in the player from Rossendale and Sale FC.

Fylde say they have made an offer to Bingham to stay for another season but are not prepared to increase the amount.

As part of the preparation for the new season Arnold met up with former England rugby coach Brian Ashton to tap into his sage advice.

Arnold said it was a worthwhile exercise to make contact with Ashton, who had a successful spell as coaching consultant at the Woodlands and led England to the World Cup Final in 2007.

It could be that Ashton will come to the Woodlands on occasions later in the year to take a couple of coaching sessions on a completely ad hoc basis.

Arnold said: “It was great to catch up with Brian and hear some wise words and advice.

“I know Brian is still busy working as a mentor for (football) Premier League coaches, but he did say that he was missing rugby.

“It may be that he will come down and speak to the lads at some time in the future.

“I felt as though I was pushing at an open door when I discussed the idea with him.”

The Lancashire players who were given an extra week off because of County Championship commitments joined the rest of the squad to link up for pre-season training.

In addition to work on the training field, there was also a squad meeting addressed by Arnold when the players were invited to spell out their goals for the 2016-17 National League One campaign, which gets underway in September.