We’re two weeks into announcing re-signed players ahead of the new season. No lock forwards up to yesterday. Now, like local bus services no 11 and 68, two arrive together.
Popular lock forward Matt Garrod is the latest to sign up for the 2020-21 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 23 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 71 1st XV National One and National Two (North) appearances for Fylde to date and 11 N2N games whilst on loan at Preston Grasshoppers in the 2016-17 season. Last season he suffered a knee injury at Tynedale in October and required surgery which kept him out of action until January.
Matt is 6’6”, 106kg, very mobile, an expert lineout jumper and and a ‘kick charge down’ expert. His early coaching career involved Fylde Colts and he moved on to coaching at Lancaster University and three years with Myerscough College’s AASE programme students. He has just been appointed to a post at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
Warren Spragg said: “Matt is a great role model for our mini and juniors section, moving from glass collecting on match days into the 1st team squad. He has matured into an important part of the team both on and off the pitch, and is a great character to have around. I am looking forward to see him continue to get better next season.”
Matt Garrod said: “I’m really happy to have re-signed for such a prestigious club and to be a part of an exciting squad that Spraggy has assembled over recent years. And I’m looking forward to saving some of Ben Gregory’s arrows again!”