Top second rower quits Fylde RFC

Gareth Rawlings.
Gareth Rawlings.
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Second row forward Gareth Rawlings is leaving Fylde RFC to re-join his former club Longton in the Potteries.

The Lancashire, England Counties and Barbarian cap Gareth joined Fylde in the summer of 2011 and made 30 first team appearances.

His time at the Woodlands has been affected by two major injuries and a long-term suspension incurred for a serious off-field offence while on tour with England Counties in Africa last summer.

Head Coach Mark Nelson said: “We’re very sorry to be losing ‘Gaz’ but I understand his reasons and he is going with our very best wishes for the future. He was always a 1st choice selection and would have remained so if he had stayed another season.”

Rawlings said: “With working away a lot, my commitment to higher level rugby is a tough ask hence the move. I would like to say thank you to everyone involved at Fylde - supporters, players and coaches - for two fantastic years at the club and living in the area.

It was the toughest decision I’ve had to make but for family and work reasons I had to make it. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help an support to both me and my family the past two years! Through a time when most other clubs may have released me through my ban, Fylde stuck by me and I will forever be indebted to them.

“I’ve made some amazing friends at the Woodlands and will miss all involved in the club and the supporters.”

Nelson has now stepped up his search for a replacement.