Prop forward Adam Lewis has been appointed as Fylde’s 1st XV skipper in the 2018-19 season which begins in September.
Adam, 31, was a mini-junior at the Club and a prominent player at Kirkham Grammar School before making his 1st team debut in the 2006/7 season. He left to join Sedgley Tigers in 2010 before returning to his local club in 2013. The powerful prop forward can play either side of the scrummage and has made 195 1st team appearances for the Club.
He earned senior representative honours for England Counties in 2014 and has been a regular part of the successful Lancashire squad over recent seasons including leading the squad in their triumphant 2018 cup-winning Twickenham Final victory. Adam played for England U’18s whilst a student at KGS. He has also played representative rugby for Welsh Exiles U’16s & U’18s as well as spending periods in the Leeds & Sale Sharks Academies.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be asked by Spraggy to captain the 1st XV in the 2018/19 season. To play for the 1st XV is a huge honour, but to captain the team – a goal I set for myself back in my debut season in 2008 – is a privilege.
”I’ve been fortunate to be led by some fantastic players in the role and I’ve seen many different styles of leadership since my 1st XV debut a decade ago. I hope I can utilise that experience and bring my own passion of playing for this historic club to the role.
“Having had brief experience of being Captain when Greg [Nicholls] was injured at the start of the season and being lucky enough to captain Lancashire to a County Final at Twickenham last month, I’m aware that the best type of leadership is leading by example and I hope that I can do that for our squad.
“Last year was a very hard campaign for our squad. We should have learned a lot from it, in particular how we conduct ourselves, how we prepare to play at our best for this level of rugby and how we earn respect from each other. I feel very passionate that all players need to take a long hard look at how they prepared and performed in that season. All too often players can want the results without the effort, excuses can creep in and blame can be put on others. So I hope this reflection will fuel our efforts in preseason right through to achieving our goal of promotion in April.
“All of the players who made their debuts last year should be encouraged by the experience, but they must ignore the tag of being a ‘young’ player. The time for them to step up is now and we must all deliver what the management team asks of us. We must prepare, act and think professionally on and off the field to be successful in what is a brutal level of rugby. The absolute minimum we can do is to put our body on the line with maximum effort at all times for the club. I’ve said it to the players before, but if they aren’t prepared to do that, then they are free to go and play somewhere else.
“Our goal this season needs to be one of earning each other’s respect as well as that of the Club members. I want to help bring a sense of pride and aspiration back to the 1st XV squad and I will be doing everything I can to support Spraggy and the coaching/management team to do this.
“Finally, I am thoroughly looking forward to achieving my 200th cap for the club early on in the season. There are some incredible players who have achieved this, some of which I am lucky enough to call friends now.”
Head Coach Warren Spragg said: “Adam has been a consistent high performer at the club for a number of years now, shown by closing in on his 200th game next season. He has grown as a leader in the past 12 months, as an excellent vice captain and most recently as a successful Lancashire captain. He has the respect of the young players for the right reasons; as a role model and a player who cares both about his own and the team’s performance.
“He’s also a bloody good bloke with a strong character, which is exactly what the club needs after a difficult 2017-18. I am looking forward to helping him lead the lads to the best of his ability and bring the best out in the squad next season.”