Hogg’s excited for new era at semi-pro Bury

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Bury St Edmunds director of rugby Gavin Hogg is looking forward to the club’s new era as a semi-professional outfit and believes the addition of a first-team playing budget will bring excitement, not added pressure.

The Haberden-based side announced last week they would be making the move to semi-professional status for next season, so they can begin to recruit for a squad that hopes to be playing in the fourth tier of English rugby.

And Hogg is thrilled to be part of such a progressive club.

“There’s not really added pressure, but added excitement,” he said. “We are very realistic that in the first year it’s going to be very modest in terms of what we can offer. One thing that is very positive is the club is looking to keep moving forward.”

Hogg saw his charges maintain their advantage at the top of National Three London and South East by grinding out a win at CS Rugby 1863 on Saturday.

“It was always going to be a difficult fixture off the back of the success over London Irish the previous week,” added Hogg.

Bury have no game tomorrow and return to action against Guernsey on February 21.