Local product Matt Garrod builds a playing and coaching career

Lock forward Matt Garrod has re-signed for Fylde for the 2019-20 season. He’s a locally born and bred young talent who learnt his rugby with Fylde Mini-Juniors, and at Arnold/AKS School and Blackpool 6th Form. He has a quality junior rugby CV including skippering Lancashire U’17s, playing for the County at U’18s and then skippering the North U’18s and training with Scotland U’19s. Injury frustrated him at the England U’18s trials and prevented him from representing England Students. He made his debut for Sale Jets v Leicester Tigers in March 2018.

Still only 22 years old, he’s had a busy start to his senior rugby career. He made his Fylde debut at Darlington Mowden Park in April 2016 and has made 60 1st XV National One and National Two (North) appearances for Fylde and 11 N2N games whilst on loan at Preston Grasshoppers in the 2016-17 season. He’s 6’6”, 106kg, very mobile and an expert lineout jumper. Apart from the experience of coaching Fylde Colts in 2017/8, he is now involved in coaching rugby students at Myerscough College.

Warren Spragg said: “Matt has developed into an excellent role model for all of our Minis & Juniors, not just by working hard to become a 1st team regular but also by developing himself off the pitch as well. He’s now an excellent young coach who is building a good reputation and I think this is helping to improve his own game as well. We all want him to have a dominant season in 2019-20 in an area where he will have some real competition.”

Matt Garrod said: “Last season was a confidence boost for myself and the squad as we now know what we are capable of after a disappointing season in National One the previous year. We’ve come a long way since relegation two years ago. We have developed as individuals and more importantly as a team.

“In this coming season National Two North is going to be a very competitive league, with lots of top sides, but we are looking forward to the challenge and finishing the season strongly.”

Matt is sponsored by Lakeland Coaches.