We’re taking a break from the news of re-signed and new players today, with fourteen or so announcements still to come, to pay tribute and thanks to a few 1st XV squad departees.
Dan Orwin has been involved in coaching and playing for Fylde since 2015, initially as the Hawks player/coach. This role was soon widened to help 1st/2nd team players with skills and strength/conditioning more generally. On a few occasions, when Warren Spragg and Alex Loney have been unavailable, he’s taken on the lead coaching role on 1st XV National League match days.
He has spent considerable time leading the Hawks, with great success in terms of results and playing style, and in player development.
After several years teaching at Myerscough College on the rugby and sports conditioning programmes, he has recently moved to be a Lecturer at UCLan. The demands of a new job and increasing family responsibilities have led to him wanting a break before seeking new challenges. Everyone at the Club is very sad to see Dan move on and we all wish him the very best of luck in the future. You’ll always have a warm welcome back at the Woodlands Dan!
Warren Spragg said: “Dan has brought an incredible level of commitment and energy to the Club over the past four seasons and the staff and players will all be sorry to see him move on. On a personal level, Dan represents everything that a rugby club is about. He is enthusiastic, committed, loves the game and always willing to help other people get better, whatever it takes.
“He has put a huge number of hours into supporting the 1st team and Hawks in whatever role he was required, for which we are all thankful. Wherever he chooses to take his next challenge they will be lucky to have him, and for now we hope he enjoys spending some time with Colette, Finlay and Gabriella as well as settling into his new role as a lecturer at UCLan. Dan and the family will always be welcome at Fylde and we would love to see him return in the future.”
Backrow forward Harlan Corrie joined Fylde in the summer of 2017 from his home town club, Penrith. He has gone on to make 40 1st XV appearances and score four tries.
Warren Spragg said: “Harlan was one of the first players I brought to the club after being appointed as Head Coach ahead of the 2017-8 season and I didn’t know much about him other than he was a great physical specimen with a lot of potential. He turned out to be much more than that and is a player that we are disappointed to lose, but we fully understand his reasons for moving on. He has had some outstanding performances and his highlights reel of carries, tackles and turnovers is definitely worth a watch.
“We are fortunate to have had two excellent seasons from him, considering the crazy travel from Penrith, but it makes sense now with his work and family situation changing for him to prioritise accordingly and play closer to home. We wish him the best of luck in the future both on and off the pitch, and would welcome him back with open arms if decides that the 3½ hour round trip to training is something he fancies doing again in the future!”
Others … James Bailey, Luke Fowden, Lewis Pattison and Jake Foster.
James Bailey played a few games for Fylde teams in 2015-16 whilst with his home club Southport RFC and he joined the 1st XV squad in 2016-17. A quick and powerful winger, ‘Forest’ Bailey went on to make 29 National League appearances and scored three tries, including perhaps most notably the opening try against Preston Grasshoppers in December 2018.
Warren Spragg said: “’Bails’ has had a frustrating few seasons due to injury but he is a player who I still believe can be very effective at this level if he overcomes those issues. We wish him the best of luck with his next steps.”
“Luke (28 1st XV appearances in all), Lewis (2) and Jake (10) have had limited opportunities to play last season but have all been extremely reliable lads with great attitudes. They move on with our best wishes and we hope to see them being successful in the next few years.”