TIM Doig is determined to make amends for last season’s play-off heartbreak by leading Chester RUFC to promotion.
The Hare Lane side begin their National League Three North campaign this Saturday with a trip to Darlington Mowden Park.
Having missed out on promotion last season following a play-off defeat to Sheffield Tigers, Chester will once again be expected to challenge at the top end of the table in 2011-12.
Doig, Chester’s director of rugby, said: “To miss out on promotion last year was really disappointing and we are determined to put that right this time round.
“We have managed to keep together the nucleus of last year’s squad and also add some real quality to it, so I fully expect us to be challenging for promotion come next May. That’s the aim for everyone at the club.”
The summer break saw Chester recruit three players from Macclesfield – front-row Ben Latham, scrum-half Josh Leach and winger Sean Green – while Rochdale Hornets player Liam McGovern will switch codes and move to Hare Lane when the rugby league season finishes later this month.
Doig, whose side won two of their three pre-season games, revealed that Rhys Hayes had been ruled out for five months through injury and Tom Chappell had left the club to take up employment in America.
“We’ve done OK in pre-season but you can never read too much into that as we have made a lot of changes and different systems in the games,” said Doig. “The players that we have added to the squad will make us a stronger outfit and I’m confident of our chances.”
Chester beat Macclesfield 31-21 in the quarter-finals of the Cheshire Cup on Saturday.