Player power at Knights

Brett Davey, newly appointed director of rugby at Doncaster Knights. Picture: Marie Caley D1962MC

Brett Davey, newly appointed director of rugby at Doncaster Knights. Picture: Marie Caley D1962MC

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Brett Davey wants ‘player power’ to take Doncaster Knights to the next level, writes Paul Goodwin.

The Welshman will replace Lynn Howells as director of rugby at the end of the season after two years assisting him as first team coach at Castle Park.

Davey, 38, has agreed a two-year deal to take charge of the Championship outfit and has vowed to shake-up the Knights’ playing style and training methods when he replaces Howells at the helm.

And, speaking exclusively to the Free Press this week, he has also promised to give Doncaster’s players a big say on the direction of the club.

Davey said: “I want to make things more player driven.

“I’d like to give the lads a bit more ownership and responsibility and for them to have a say on what they do on the field.

“It’s all about getting the best out of the players and this is one way that I think will help bring success to Doncaster.

“I was a player at professional level for five years and obviously have my own ideas about training and tactics.

“But I can’t tell them exactly what they will see when they go onto the field.

“I want the players to be able to have their say in the general day to day running of the club.”

“This is definitely the biggest opportunity of my career,” added the former Coventry and Cornish Pirates caretaker boss.

“I had the chance to stay at Pirates but I had a conversation with Lynn who told me there’d be an opportunity to replace him as director of rugby two years down the line.

“As soon as I came here and saw the new stand the hairs stood up on the back of my neck - I knew it was the right decision straight away.

“Now I can’t wait to get started as director of rugby.”

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