PROP forward Alistair Livesey has joined Fylde RUFC on a permanent basis.
Livesey, who had been on loan at the Woodlands club, has now severed his links with Sedgley Park.
Coach Mark Nelson said: “Alistair is no longer on loan and he is our player.”
Nelson expressed his admiration for Livesey’s contribution since coming to Fylde.
“Alistair has come out of his rugby shell, if you like, since joining us.
“All he was asked to do at Sedgley Park was scrummage and hit the rucks, but with us he has been given the chance to show his ball skills as well, and he has bought into what myself and Brian Ashton have been trying to do.”
Livesey himself said: “I wasn’t enjoying it at Sedgley Park – there were a few changes there, not for the better, and I was looking for a loan move.
“I spoke to Mark Nelson, who was interested in wanting me to come to Fylde, and it has gone on from there.
“It’s good to come to a team that is playing well.”
Fylde hope to maintain the broad daylight between themselves and their rivals when they travel to in-form Hull tomorrow.
Livesey says he and his team-mates are up for the challenge posed by the Humbersiders.
He said: “All the other teams will be looking at Fylde and trying to take something out of us – but if we keep playing the way we are, and put performances together, we are in a very strong position to win the league. There is no one in this league that we fear.
“Brian Ashton and Mark Nelson have put the mind-set in place that it is all about our own performance.”
Livesey has a wealth of experience, having been a regular for Lancashire and played senior national rugby.
He is also a Maltese international – his mother was born in that country.
Livesey added: “Hopefully, most of the boys can stay fit and keep playing the way we have been playing and keep putting wins together – as long as we do that, hopefully we will be there at the end.
“I am really enjoying it at Fylde – it is a good set-up and there is good coaching from Brian Ashton and Mark Nelson.”
Livesey was in the Fylde side that beat Nuneaton in their latest match, and though his team were not at their most effective by any means, it was another five points towards the target of automatic promotion as title winners of National League Two North.
Livesey reflected: “We probably weren’t at quite our very best – we dominated parts of the game, but Nuneaton spoiled well and we didn’t get the roll on that we normally do, which was a little bit disappointing, but at the end of the day it’s another five-point win.
“We were pleased to get the win, but we thought we could have put more points on them and played with a bit more flair.”