Gooby pleased with East London's progress ahead of new season
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 August 2018
London Three Essex side have a new head coach leading into the new term
New East London head coach Eddie Gooby says he has been impressed with what he seen so far from his new charges in pre-season training.
Gooby joined the London Three Essex outfit this summer after 12 years at new divisional rivals Chelmsford, who were relegated from London Two North East last term.
The new head coach will work under director of rugby Gary Pearmain, and Gooby says he is thrilled with what he has seen so far at the club.
“I’ve been impressed by the speed and intensity shown during training so far,” said Gooby.
“There is a lot of talent here and there will be real competition for places.
“I’m looking for people who are committed to training and who want to listen and learn.
“If people are prepared to do that then we should have 20-30 people pushing for first team selection, which will be a nice position to be in.”
Gooby’s remit will see the new head coach take charge of training for the club’s first and second XVs.
Despite being just a few weeks into his time with the club, Gooby already faces a big decision about his captains.
Dan Bracken has stepped down as skipper of the first XV, while Jacob Williams has ceded the role of leading the seconds.
That has left Gooby with plenty to ponder with regards to leadership roles, but the head coach is confident that whoever fills the vacancies will be successful.
“Whoever is selected will be someone who the players respect and is going to be here regularly,” he added.
“There are a few candidates who are showing the right desire and work rate, but every player here has an important role to play in the way we develop the club.”
Gooby has also taken on coaching duties with the East London women’s team, the Vixens, and is excited about helping them progress too.
“Our early training sessions have been fantastic and the players have put in a lot of hard work,” he added.
“There are some great skills in the women’s team and everyone seems to be enjoying the new team plays and systems we are working on.”