THE experienced Will Morgan says Tenbury Rugby Club’s new captain Will Gough will bring ‘youthful enthusiasm' to the side.

Gough has been elected first-team skipper for the new season and will be backed up vice-skipper Pete Stevens, who held the captain’s arm band for two seasons.

Morgan, a former Worcester player said: Will Gough is a good, developing player and can play in a variety of positions in the forwards.

“He is a popular player who can play in a variety of roles.

“Will has definitely got youthful enthusiasm on his side.

“Will’s a Tenbury lad and he’s been with the side since he left school. He hasn’t been involved with any other clubs and is a Tenbury player through and through.

“He’s from a farming family and lives just up the road from me. His preferred position is number eight and he’s also our kicker.”

Former captain Stevens remains as Tenbury’s press officer and has high hopes for the club’s prospects in Midlands Four West (North).

“Last Friday’s annual general meeting was very well attended,” said Stevens.

“Everyone who came along said they thought we had had an enjoyable and successful season.

“It looks like things will be the same again for next season.

“Will is going to be the man in charge of the first team but I have said that I will be there to help him out if he needs me.

“It’s up to Will who he wants to coach the team. I had John Webb with me last season but I am not aware of his plans for the coming season.”

Stevens says Tenbury will be opening the new season with a cup match on September 6.

And Tenbury will face local rivals Bromyard at Palmer’s Meadow in their first league match on September 13.

Stevens is hoping that the Ludlow contingent who helped Tenbury avoid relegation last term will remain with the club.

“I think the lads who came across from Ludlow enjoyed their rugby – and did a very good job for us,” said Stevens.

“We don’t know their plans – but we are all keeping our fingers crossed that they will be coming back to play for us.”

Darren Kite remains as chairman with Will Morgan, as treasurer and Webb has been re-elected as secretary.

Ed Tong will skipper Tenbury’s second team, with support from Morgan, who is the vice-captain.