Dai Young, the new Director of rugby at English Premiership side Wasps, has been impressed with the attitude of the players at his disposal and is predicting great things for the upcoming season.
Young took over as Director of Rugby at the end of June and this week appointed Paul Turner as the club's new attack and skills coach. With the players working hard on fitness and conditioning, Young praised the effort of the squad in recent weeks.
"If the first month is anything to go by there is no reason why we can't head in the right direction this season, because the squad's commitment, desire and attitude in everything they have done has been first class," he said.
As a new man at the helm, Young has naturally introduced some of his own structures and methods to how the squad operates behind the scenes.
He explained: "I am very big on organisation and communication across all facets of the development pathways as well as the elite pathways. For me it is about getting to know the structures initially and trying to put my stamp on them.
I am trying to get everything moving in the right direction because there are a lot of different units and lots of little different departments but that communication across the board is hugely important and getting everybody pulling in the right direction," added Young.
The new Wasps boss believes that Paul Turner's appointment will be of major benefit to the squad.
He commented: "Paul's experience and expertise are in attack, in looking at things a little bit outside the box as well, which I think you need in the modern game because defences are so strong. He has been at a lot of Premiership clubs in the past, he knows the Premiership and he knows how to get attacking lines moving forward which I think is important.
"Hopefully we can add something new to Wasps which they feel as a squad has been missing over the last couple of seasons, their attacking ability, their effectiveness and their efficiency with the ball in hand," said Young.
Wasps are set to play three pre-season games in August with trips to Agen and Munster and a home game against Benetton Treviso. With the club having signed 13 senior squad players in the off-season, fans are likely to see a number of new faces in these games.
"We are certainly not going to be fully cooked by Agen and that is not the point really, we need to be totally ready for first Premiership game at Twickenham which is obviously the goal. We have got three stages to our pre-season so we know where we are going to be against Agen and we know where we are going to be for the other two friendlies," explained the new Wasps mentor.
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