Roger and out as Banks calls it quits

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Popular Fylde RFC second row forward Roger Banks has announced his intention to step down from playing.

But he has not closed the door completely on turning out for the club again.

Banks, who has made a double-century of appearances, says pressure of work and other commitments precludes him from playing for the club.

The 33-year-old second row, who works in the hotel business, said: “Things have been getting a bit hectic at work and when you can’t give the full commitment to training and playing then it is not fair to your team-mates, the club or yourself.

“I have been playing rugby since I was a schoolboy and so I have been doing it for many years and it is a hard grind.

“I have decided that I will not be able to play for Fylde for now, though I could re-assess it at the end of the season – you never now I may even decide to play cricket again,” added Banks, who used to bowl for St Annes in the Northern League.

Banks said he was sure that his decision to stand down would not leave to big a hole in Fylde’s forward resources.

He said: “Fylde have had a fantastic season so far, and you never know, if we had won a couple more games we could have been at the top of the table because we were involved in close matches that we could have won.

“There are other players who can play in the second row – Gareth Gore is coming back after his nose operation, Sam Beaumont can play there and Simon Griffiths has done a great job when he has come in.”

Gore could return to the Fylde ranks for the trip to Worthing tomorrow week –Beaumont’s shoulder injury is improving though the Worthing game will probably come too soon.

Fylde are at home to Blackheath tomorrow, though coach Mark Nelson is ignoring the Londoners’ lowly place in the table.

He said: “Anyone who just looks at league tables without taking each match on its merits is skating on very thin ice.”

Fylde: Viney; Spragg, C Briers, S Briers, Brennand; Johnson, De La Harpe; Birchall, Rylance, Lewis, Robinson, Arnold, Vernon, McGinnis, Stewart. Replacements: Griffiths, Burtonwood, Thompson, Dorrington or Wallwork, Hough. Kick-off 3pm.