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clive Griffiths wants to complete his renovation of the Knights squad in time for the crunch clash with London Scottish later this month.

The Championship campaign has been stop-start since Griffiths returned to Castle Park with the British and Irish Cup and the festive period ensuring he has taken charge of only three league games so far.

But he has used that time to make his mark on the training ground as well as pursuing new signings.

And his focus is to be fully up and running when Scottish visit Castle Park on January 25.

He said: “I’d like to work on a few things before we play London Scottish, that’s for sure.

“I’m glad I’m getting more time on the park with the lads before the business end of the season starts.

“I’ve only been here six weeks, you’ve got to remember that.

“While I have been seeing signs, it’s still drip feeding.

“Sometimes you’ve got to go backwards to go forwards but it’s time we were going forwards.”

Griffiths completed the signing of scrum half Joe Bedford last week and is still on the lookout for more players.

He said: “There are key areas that we need to strengthen in, you’re probably looking at hooker and half back.

“If we picked up a couple of injuries then we’d be in trouble.

“But, there’s not a bottomless pit of cash so I won’t be jumping in until I’m sure the right player in the right position will be coming in.

“I’ve made three signings so far and I’m pleased with how all three of them have settled in.

“Connor Braid and Will Hafu are both internationals and Joe Bedford has been to the highest level.

“They are very good quality players who will make a difference to the side.”

The Knights are away from league action again this weekend when Nottingham visit in the penultimate British and Irish Cup group game on Saturday.

Sitting in second place in Pool Eight, the Knights are well placed to qualify for the knockout stages but Griffiths gives the impression of a man much more concerned with Championship business.

He has targeted the Nottingham game for a morale boosting win following an error-strewn performance against runaway leaders Newcastle Falcons on New Year’s Day.

But should the Knights fail on Saturday, Griffiths seems intent on writing off the visit to Melrose in the final group game.

He said: “Nottingham is a massive game for us.

“We need to bounce back, get a performance and grow some confidence.

“Nottingham away in the league was the first game I saw after coming back and I want to see some improvement from then.

“I’ll be looking for good signs that what we’ve been working on since then has started to take effect.

“Whatever result we get determines what team we send to Melrose because I’m not going to risk anybody who is 50-50 with a massive game like London Scottish coming up with just a six day turnaround.”