Nottingham Rugby are pleased to have secured the services of young scrum half Jacob Nash on a one-year deal.
The 20 year-old, who was part of the Nottingham Rugby Academy side, whilst playing at South Leicester, last season, has signed his first professional contract with the Green and Whites, after impressing during his time with the academy and training with the first team, during the 2015/16 campaign.
Speaking to nottinghamrugby.co.uk this week, a clearly delighted Nash was keen to state his eagerness to be part of the first team action this season, saying:
“I’m so glad to be involved and I know most of the boys here from last year. My game has improved so much, just from last year’s training and hopefully this year it carries on going up.
“I want to try and get involved in the B&I games mainly, and get involved on the bench in the League and just get as many appearances as I can.”
Head coach Ian Costello was keen to sing the praises of the young number nine and also to credit the work of the academy in bringing Jacob to his attention, adding:
“Jacob’s his basics are very, very strong, his passing, he has a lot of pace and a lot of width and for a young player, that’s one of the first things you look at. His kicking game is very solid and defensively his knowledge is good, so a lot of the fundamentals are there, that will allow him to progress to the senior side.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve watched quite a few of the academy sessions, seen them play a tournament last weekend and at the end of last season, and it’s a very, very impressive set-up. Matt Everard does a really, really good job with his other coaches, and their sessions are really well designed, really high-quality, with a really good quality of player coming through and Nashy’s the most recent.
“We’ve had three or four academy players already come up and train with us this season and we hope that experience accelerates the rate at which they progress from the academy to the senior squad.”
Nash will be battling for game time with established scrum halves Darryl Veenendaal and Murray McConnell, but Costello went on say that there is little doubt that the hot prospect will be involved at some stage during the season.
“I don’t think that we’re going to get through the full season with two scrum halves. I’d love to think that the two of them will be fit all year but we’re going to get injuries, but it’s not just about injuries, I think he genuinely will put pressure on them and I think he’ll be well-worked and get an opportunity in his own right, from what I’ve seen so far. We’ll give him a run in the pre-season games and see how he goes there.”
With Nottingham’s first pre-season match now just over two-weeks away, the club expect to make further dual-registered signing announcements over the next fortnight. Keep your eyes on the Green and Whites’ website and social media for all the latest updates.
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