Rangers ready to go for 2016 season
Rangers joint coach Craig Farrimond says he’s feeling optimistic after an encouraging pre-season. New players have added quality to the squad and there’s been a better attitude from those already here.
They’ll have their first run out in a friendly away at Manchester Rangers this Saturday Feb 13 (Kick off 2pm) although it could be switch to a home fixture so keep an eye on the website.
That will be followed by Higginshaw away on Saturday Feb 20 in the Standard Cup. If they win that then it will be either Fitton Hill or Waterhead away in the semi-finals on Sat Feb 27.
Craig said: “Everything is going well. We couldn’t ask for more with a top attendance, new signings and the club have really backed us with better facilities to train at.”
The new signings include three players with extensive professional experience. Centre Mick Fogarty returns after coaching St Annes, scrum half Mick Diviney arrives from Waterhead and prop Andy Joy has come straight from the Roughyeds. Former Ranger Josh Brown has also returned with only Dave Newton, who’s retired, and Matty Bottom, who’s playing at Higginshaw, no longer at the club after last year.
“The attitude has 100% changed,” Craig continued, “with players busting a gut to get to training, which didn’t happen last season.
“They’ll all be playing for their places and we don’t yet know what will be our best side.”
Some of the juniors seasons are underway and we’ve got teams at every age group this year from u8s right up to u18s.