Ahead of the new Conference League South season getting underway, Leicester Storm Chairman Ty Watson feels confident about the talent available to the club in 2015, with a sizable number of first grade players a product of the Storm’s pathway.
The Storm open their competitive season with a home clash against Torfaen Tigers at Leicester’s Victoria Park on Saturday 21st March; the one and only game to be played at the venue before the club moves to the state-of-the-art facilities available at their new Brooksby Melton College home.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s curtain-raiser, Watson revealed who he feels will be key to Storm’s success this season.
“Reece Williams has perhaps been our best player for the past two years and he’s looked absolutely fantastic in pre-season,” he said.
“Reece is going through a positional change at the moment, moving to prop in the side’s engine room, and he’s been the team’s best player in the two trial games; he’s looking really good. We’re expecting a lot from Mark Etherington this year. Over the past few years, he’s moved from full-back to half-back and we’ve seen him become a lot more vocal in training, he’s really growing into the role and he’ll be up for a big season.”
Last season saw Leicester Storm eliminated in the Conference League South play-off semi-finals against Sheffield Hallam Eagles. As a result, the bar has been raised as the Storm set their sights high ahead of the 2015 campaign getting underway.
“Finals,” Watson said bluntly when posed with the question of season targets.
“We set the bar high last year and we wanted to win it, but we didn’t get off to the best start last year and that killed us a little bit. We still consolidated and made the play-offs, something that we’ve done in our first two years in the division and something that’s an ambition again this season.
“On our day, we know we can beat any team,” Ty added.
“We were probably a bit weak mentally last season and I think that comes down to the age and inexperience of our team last year. Now, they’ve had another year together with one or two additions, so they’re a bit stronger and more capable. I think that’s where we’ll see results. We have one or two older players coming back into the mix this year and I think that will only help.”
Leicester Storm take on Torfaen Tigers in the Conference League South on Saturday 21st March at Leicester’s Victoria Park. Admission to the game is FREE, with supporters asked to make a £2 donation to assist with the day’s running cost.
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