Dean: Rugby League’s Popularity Growing in Leicester

on Thursday, 16 April 2015.

Leicester Storm head coach Dean Thomas believes that the appetite for rugby league in Leicester is growing, following his side’s promising start to the Conference League South season.

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The Storm, who last season made the Conference League South Play-Offs, have their sights set on reaching the final this year. A landmark move to Brooksby Melton College in the winter has ensured top-quality training and playing facilities for the club’s players in 2015, whilst Storm are keen to provide rugby fans in Leicester with an opportunity to watch the game during the warmer months.

“This week at training, a guy literally ran over to me and near enough tackled me, just so he could find out when our next home game was,” explained Thomas.

“He had watched the game on Saturday (against Gloucestershire Warriors) and thoroughly enjoyed it, so he said he’d definitely be down to our next game at Brooksby Melton College. Hopefully, that’s a sign of things to come and more people will want to get down and enjoy our games in the summer sun.”

Whilst an advocate of the high-tempo action that rugby league provides, Dean is fully aware that winning games provides its own pull and he believes that his team this year can provide it.

“Fans will always want to see wins – and this team is certainly trying its best in every game we’ve played so far this year. What has been special this year is that we’re continuing to develop players whilst trying our best to win games. Every player is showing great competitiveness, which is really pleasing.

“These are our two main priorities; recruiting new players and continuing to enjoy winning matches.”

Storm are in away action against Coventry Bears Reserves this weekend (Saturday 18th April, 2:00pm), but return to Brooksby Melton College on Saturday 25th April (2:00pm) when they take on Oxford Cavaliers.