The long and the short of it - Griffiths’ twin aim for Doncaster Knights

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Steve Uttley

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Steve Uttley

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Clive Griffiths has an eye on the short term and long term after committing himself to Doncaster Knights until 2016.

The Welshman this week signed a two-year extension to his current deal, taking him up to the end of the 2015/16 season.

Clive Griffiths was pleased with the defensive display against Richmond.

Clive Griffiths was pleased with the defensive display against Richmond.

Priority number one is returning to the Championship - and Knights remain on target for promotion after their dramatic last gasp win at Tynedale last weekend.

But director of rugby Griffiths (pictured) has also vowed to find a way of sustaining tier two rugby, or higher, at Doncaster in the long run.

“Both myself and the board are looking into how we can best push forward professional rugby at Castle Park,” said Griffiths.

“We want to make the Knights a showcase that people want to be a part of and buy into. There are a lot of good people at Castle Park who will endeavour to make it work.

“There is no doubt in my mind that our visions are achievable.”

President Tony De Mulder this week expressed his delight at Griffiths’ decision to commit for another two years, and said the club’s long term plan would focus on creating a pathway from Doncaster’s mini-juniors to first team.

He said: “Retaining a director of rugby with Clive’s proven attributes is a key component of the club’s aspirations to develop coaching across all rugby talent at Castle Park.

“Over time we aim to establish a talent pathway focused on developing Doncaster players through the club structure to become part of the professional squad.”