Deacon takes over as Tamar Saracens’ new captain for the 2019-20 season

RYAN DEACON has been appointed as Tamar Saracens’ new captain for the 2019-20 season.

The centre takes over the role from Scott Sheldon, who stood down after April’s RNEC Cup final after skippering the club for five years.

Back-row forwards Josh Heath and Joey Pook will be Sarries’ vice-captains this coming year in Devon One.

“I was over the moon to be asked to captain the squad this season after being vice-captain the last couple of years and supporting Scotty,” said Deacon.

“I know I’ve got some big boots to fill, but with the support of the lads, coaches and the vice-captains, I know we will achieve our goals and will have a successful season.

“I can’t thank Scotty enough for his years of captaincy. He’s done an amazing job, earned the respect of the lads, supported players in and out of rugby and has committed a lot of his time to the club. He has certainly set the bar high.

“Although Scott has stepped down as captain he is still going to be playing and I know he will be a great support to me.”

Deacon added: “Josh and Joey are both delighted to be asked to be a part of the leadership team that heads up such an exciting squad.

“They are a fantastic pair that complement each other on and off the pitch. In my opinion, they are the strongest seven and eight combo in Devon One. Both players are regulars in a strong Saracens back-row that is at the forefront of the team’s expansive style of play, which contributed to us putting together an unbeaten run of nearly four months at the end of last season.”

Saracens also have a new-look committee for 2019-20. Dan Leeson has become chairman, replacing Pete Haigh. Derek Swatton has taken over Leeson’s former role as vice-chairman and Wayne Dellenty has become the new treasurer.

Sarries also have a new scoreboard for the new season, courtesy of sponsors Travis Perkins Plymouth.

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