GAVIN Hogg is determined to go out in style after revealing this week he is destined to depart his coaching role at Stowmarket Rugby Club in the summer (writes Mark Williams).
Stow romped to their fifth promotion in six years after dismantling neighbours Thurston 62-5 on Saturday - but the influential fly-half has admitted he will not be in the dressing room when the Suffolk side embark on their first ever stint at London North East Three level next season.
The Eastern One champions - who have bounced back from play-off heartache last year - now aim to give Hogg the perfect send off by securing the league and Suffolk Cup double.
“I sat down with the club’s committee and we thought it was for the best,” said Hogg, who was born in Northern Ireland. “I will leave on great terms and following two great years. It would be ideal if we could go and win the cup to go with the league.”
It is believed the 29-year-old has been offered a coaching role at another local club, with both Bury St Edmunds and Diss currently without a head coach.
“There is something in the pipeline and it is a local club,” said Hogg. “But I really can’t say at this moment in time. There are quite a few clubs out there without coaches so we will have to see.”
In the meantime, the fierce fly-half was keen to revel in Stow’s promotion party. An unassailable 13 points ahead of nearest rivals West Norfolk, the Chilton Fields outfit have lost only two games all campaign and boast an impressive points difference of 331 points. Stow complete their dazzling season with a trip to third-place Holt on Saturday, April 9.
“The players have shown great character after losing in the play-offs last year,” said Hogg. “To go up as champions is what everyone wants to do.
“They came back at the start of the season with the right attitude and they were so committed. It is credit to them.”
Looking ahead to next year, Hogg added: “There will be a bit more travelling involved but that is not a bad price to pay for higher league rugby. I think the lads will compete well.”
Tryscorers in the weekend rout were Dan Garrod (3), Hill (3), Bob Burch (2), Searles and Nick Kegge - Searles adding the conversions.
Stow travel to Mersea Island on April 16 for their crunch Suffolk Cup semi-final. The winner will meet either Bury St Edmunds or Colchester in the final.