Stoke-on-Trent Rugby Club have announced that head coach Chris Rowley has signed a new deal that will keep him at Hartwell until 2022.
Like all rugby clubs, Stoke have not been able to play competitive matches for more than a year.
But with the vaccine rollout and the government roadmap progressing, there is hope that action will return before the end of the year.
Senior and junior training are now back with players and club personnel able to see one another in-person again for the first time in months.
And now, to put the icing on the cake, head coach Rowley has committed another year to the Staffordshire club.
“I am delighted to sign a contract extension at Stoke Rugby Club,” he told Sport in Staffs.
“There is a big job to do and I think next season is going to be a monumental one.
“We have a lot of players that cannot wait to get back playing and I am anticipating there being really strong competition for places resulting in a strong first and second team.
“We really want to build for a promotion season so want to ensure in the off-season we get everything in place to hit the ground running.”
Stoke chairman ‘over the moon’ with Rowley renewal
Stoke chairman Steve Maskrey explained his delight at Rowley agreeing to continue on in his role.
Speaking to the club’s media team, he said: “We are over the moon that Chris has decided to stay with us.
“We have a lot of faith in his ability to develop our senior players making sure that we provide a great rugby experience for all levels of ability.”
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Leagues at Step 3 and below had their 2020/21 seasons cancelled back in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic back.
The RFU announced on Friday that from the 2022/23 season, all divisions at Levels 3 and 4 will be capped at 14 teams
Those at Levels 5 and below will be capped to 12.
Stoke’s first team currently play in Midlands 1 West (Level 6) in which 14 teams compete.
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