Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club are not set to dispense with the core of local players who claimed their second promotion in three years.
It was a truly historic day at the Haberden on Saturday, which saw Bury cruise to a 61-10 victory over Gravesend to claim the title and their place in rugby’s four tier — National League Two.
But despite the recruitment drive already beginning with a bigger squad needed to compete at the higher level, playing chairman Terry Sands says their homegrown players will still have a pivotal role to play.
“We had five boys out there Saturday who have played in our colts and I think that is a great thing,” he said.
“There is not many clubs playing at this level who can say that.
“We want to keep the core of our team though and we have spoken to everyone who played Saturday and about six others asking them to stay and we have not had one who has not said no, and that is what we want.
“We will try and keep a core of Bury players but you can’t play in National Two without players of a certain calibre.
“So we will have to fill in gaps and we will always have to have as strong a side as we can.”
He revealed that process has already begun, with prop Joe Reed having agreed to sign from Cambridge, who they are set to face in National League Two South next season, as well as former Sale Sharks back row Ben Davey, who has been playing in Italy.
But bringing through more of their own young players will continue to be key.
“We are working on youngsters and we have got a young lad who has been out with a bad injury, Sean Davies, who is a 19-year-old prop and another out there Saturday, Connor Adams, also 19 or 20. And for us it is not just about signing players who have been there
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