It has been an exciting week at NEC Harlequins, following the press conference on Tuesday announcing our partnership with the London Broncos. I appreciate that there has been a huge response from Quins supporters, both positive and negative; Mark Evans has already put out a statement which covers this and I am not going to repeat this over again.
However, this is a very exciting development for both NEC Harlequins and the Broncos, one that we are all very keen to see work.
What I will confirm is that the shirt that our players were wearing in the joint training session on Tuesday at the Twickenham Stoop is indeed our new training shirt. This was designed following comments from our supporters that we did not supply enough replica kit in the Quins colours. Out of necessity, we change our training shirt every year and I have to say I think this is one of the best designs that we have had for some time.
In terms of training, we are now very much into 'rugby mode,' involving all the set piece and unit work as well as general play. Over the coming weeks we will be looking to invite one of the professional referees to come down to Roehampton to assist us with our preparation for the start of our league campaign.
Andrew Mehrtens and Will Greenwood will be joining the group on the training park from Monday, as we go into the final month of practice before our opening National Division One game against the Pertemps Bees on Saturday 3rd September.
Nothing has been finalised yet with respect to any further recruitment, although we are in discussions with a number of player's representatives at the present time. However, as I said last week, it is important that we sign the right player and not just someone who can play in the shirt. Therefore we will take our time to ensure that we get the recruitment right.
It has been a long summer and much has happened since 30th April, but we are all now looking forward to getting back into action at the start of September.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.