Nelson eyes three recruits for Fylde

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FYLDE rugby club coach Mark Nelson is hoping to complete three signings imminently.

Even though the season has ended, Nelson said it was a matter of urgency to get the deals done.

He said: “By the end of the week, I am hoping to get some names on paper.

“I would hope to sign three players this week, but nothing has been signed and sealed.”

Nelson is also keen that the current squad will stay together.

The Fylde coach said: “We have had no official word of any player leaving at this time. We need to get the signatures on the contracts in the next two weeks.”

A number of Fylde players will be in action tomorrow, when Lancashire start the defence of the County Championship with a match against Northumberland at Vale Of Lune.

Steve McGinnis, Evan Stewart, Richard Kenyon, Oliver Viney, Peter Altham, Alex Loney and Simon Griffiths have been pencilled in for the Red Rose county.

Reflecting on Fylde’s exit in the Lancashire Cup, going down 33-31 at home to Sedgley Park, on Tuesday, Nelson remarked: “It is disappointing (to lose) – we put a lot of effort in and the lads really tried hard.

“It would have been nice to get to the final, but it wasn’t to be. Sedgley Park had a squad where they could inter-change – they had a lot of power on the bench, and we were struggling.

“I had to bring Adam Jackson, who is 38-years-old, who used to play at Orrell with me, because we were that short.

“The lads who played against much bigger opposition really acquitted themselves – they put their hands up and put their heart and soul in for the club.

“It’s just a pity we couldn’t go that extra mile and get into the final (at Fylde) on Monday.”