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Gooby looking to create ‘coaches of the future’ at East London

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 August 2018

East London RFC (pic: Steve Poston).

East London RFC (pic: Steve Poston).

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The new head coach will watch his team take on Wanstead this weekend

Eddie Gooby is excited about the prospect of developing East London’s players and creating future coaches.

The new head coach will take his London Three Essex side to Wanstead this weekend for a couple of friendly games.

At 3pm, the first-team will take on the Herons after a mixture of second and thirds come together for another game two hours earlier.

It should be another strong test for East London, who get the new season underway on Saturday week (September 8) away to Ilford Wanderers.

Gooby said: “My ethos has always been about developing players as individuals and bringing a continuity of style in play that runs throughout a club.

“By doing this players will emerge who will be leaders on and off the pitch and hopefully be coaches of the future.

“I see real strength in depth here and training so far has been competitive and full on.

“There is real competition for places and everyone will get an opportunity if they are prepared to work hard.”

Gooby’s focus is not just on the first-team, as he will be in charge of coaching the Vixens ladies side too.

He is looking forward to an enjoyable season after getting such a warm welcome from everyone at East London.

“We’ve already come a long way in a short space of time and the welcome I’ve received from everyone has been great,” Gooby said.

“We have a solid foundation and I’m looking forward to working with all the players and management committee on taking this club forward in the season ahead.”

East London have played one friendly this summer and put in a strong display in a 24-12 defeat to Romford & Gidea Park recently.

Park, who play in the same division as Wanstead, the London Two North East, have big plans for the new term, so Gooby could be pleased with the way his team played.

Looking ahead to Saturday, he is eager to see even more improvement from his side.

Gooby said: “This will be a massive test for the squad. Wanstead finished fourth in the league above us last season and have a stronger squad this term. It is going to show me how the players have developed in my first two months in charge.”

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