Grangemouth Stags have unveiled their new recruits and next season’s coaching team - and they’ve pulled off a coup by securing a number of players from neighbours Falkirk RFC.
The Stags have lured ex-Falkirk RFC player Mike Parsons as a player-coach and his former team-mate at Sunnyside, Craig Sangster, has switched to Glensburgh as head coach.
They’ll be joined by David Jamieson who is also making the switch across the district.
The new staff and players met up with the rest of the club for the start of pre-season training on Tuesday night.
Coach Gordon Crossan told Heraldsport: “The club has had extensive off field developments like a new gymnasium and clubhouse.
“On the pitch we have worked hard to attract some experienced players to provide quality coaching throughout the club; however, in the main to help develop the players from last season’s under-18 squad that have stepped up into senior rugby.
“There is no doubt that the attraction of our fantastic community-based facilities has gone some way to attracting players of such quality to the club.”
The former Falkirk contigent will take the Stags’ first team while the seconds will be coached Crossan, supported by Graeme Bell and Billy Tulloch with the remit of fast-tracking youthful players towards first team rugby.
Supplementing the Stags’ first team is another former Falkirk player Alan Pudney, plus Linlithgow pair James Craig and Malcolm Whyte, Stephen Neil from Belfast Harlequins, Warren Kidney from Cambuslang, Tommy Walker from Glenrothes and unattached pair Dean Craig and Cuda Peydo.
The ladies section and colts are also up and running.