Gavin Hogg believes Bury St Edmunds have put a marker down to their league rivals following the marquee signing of Josh Goldspink.
The former Leicester Tigers back row, who featured for the Aviva Premiership side’s senior team in the EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup, arrives at The Haberden from Brighton Rugby Club as one of two new recruits alongside Eastern Counties Under-20s captain Shaquille Meyers, who joins from National Two side Ampthill.
And with both having tasted life at a higher level, director of rugby Hogg has backed the duo and in particularly Goldspink to instil a winning mentality throughout his squad as the club aim to surpass the fifth-place finish in National League Three London and South East Division.
“I think we have absolutely put a marker down for the coming season and I expect their arrivals to have a massive impact on our final placing this season,” he said. “Josh has a great deal of potential and, barring a host of injuries, he would played a bigger role at Leicester Tigers.
“He has played at that top level and within a professional environment and hopefully he can help instil that mentality into the rest of the squad.
“Having players like him and Shaquille will hopefully create a habit of expecting and working to a high standard which will only benefit the club.”
Meanwhile, Hogg also confirmed Bury are still trying to finalise a deal to keep New Zealand-born full-back Casey Stone and versatile centre Tanimo Samoa despite original plans to move away from including Southern Hemisphere-based players among the squad.
“We are hopeful of tieing up deals for both Casey and Tanimo,” he added. “We believe both are worth investing in because they could prove the difference this season.”
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