Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Albion boss Dawe happy to let deadline day pass with no activity

Graham DawePLYMOUTH Albion boss Graham Dawe was happy to let the National League transfer deadline pass without any activity.

Clubs had until Friday to add to their squad for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.

However, there were no comings and goings at Brickfields.

Dawe did give a couple of squad players the option to go out on loan with the ability to recall them at any time, but the players in question wanted to stay and fight for their places at Brickfields.

The only first team player who is currently out on loan is 18-year-old Tom Putt, who has just returned from three months out with a heel problem. He is gaining some valuable game-time on loan at Newton Abbot but can be recalled at any time.

“You always look at whether you need to bring anyone in, but we think we are relatively well covered,” said director of ruby Dawe.

“We’ve got a happy squad, the lads are all positive, and it is all about building that trust among the squad.

“We know we can always bring in front-row cover if anything happens or youngsters unregistered yet with anyone.”

Dawe added: “We did talk about a couple of players going out on loan, but this squad is really tight at the moment and those players wanted to stay here and fight for a shirt.”

Albion sit fourth in National One and have won 11 of their last 12 games.

They are not in action this weekend but face a tough test next Saturday to Darlington Mowden Park, who have also only lost once since November.

Meanwhile, Albion prop Christian Judge did not get the result he wanted on his England Counties debut on Friday night.

The England representative team, made up of players from level three or below, lost 57-27 to a Scotland Club XV at Gala.

Afterwards, former Albion boss James Shanahan, who is coaching England Counties said: “We were nowhere near where we needed to be, or are capable of,” said Shanahan.

“What was most frustrating for us as a coaching to team to see was our lack of appetite for the physical confrontation,” added Shanahan. “They bossed us in that area of the game, and our lineout creaked – that gave them plenty of front-foot ball.”

Shanahan said the team will be working on a few areas before facing France Federale on 11 March. “We will re-group and I have no doubt we’ll put in some real hard work in the lead up to that game and deliver a performance not only for us and those who come to watch, but the whole of the semi-professional and amateur game, who we represent.”

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