Sharman sets a new record

Harry Sharman scores a try
Harry Sharman scores a try

Harry Sharman admits he feels proud to have set a record of being Spalding’s longest-serving captain.

Sharman was named skipper for the sixth succesive year at Friday’s annual meeting of the club and he is determined to lead by example next season.

Having helped Spalding earn promotion to Midlands One East via the play-offs last season, Sharman was the obvious choice to lead his side again, with Ryan Chappell as his vice captain.

Andy McMahon has been confirmed as the new coach following Niall Thomson’s decision to step down, having being posted to High Wycombe with the Royal Air Force.

Sharman said: “The previous longest-serving captain was five years so it is nice to have been named skipper for a record sixth time.

“It is a proud moment for me to be named captain again at a club I have played for since I was about four or five.

“We are not kidding ourselves, going up is a big step and we will need to be at our best in every match next season because there won’t be any easy games.

“We have to be ready for the challenge and go into every game at full strength and we can’t afford to drop our level.

“We showed last season we have a good squad and I have every faith in our players.”

One of Sharman’s priorities will be to persuade Andy Hoyles to carry on playing, after his starring role in the second row last season.

Sharman added: “Andy is thinking about retiring but I hope he doesn’t because he was a key figure for us last season.”