Crosscombe Continues

Matthew Crosscombe  of Plymouth Albion goes over for a try,   during the National League One match between Plymouth Albion v Blaydon at the Brickfields Recreation Ground, on March 25th 2017, Plymouth, Devon, UK. PHOTO: Sean Hernon/PPAUK

By Haden Tye

Winger Matt Crosscombe has signed a new one-year-deal with Albion and says that both himself and the club are in a much stronger position now than when he joined last summer.

A strong and pacey winger, Matt was an important part of Kieran Hallett’s team that finished second in National League One last season and he is looking forward to helping Albion pursue promotion next season.

“I feel like I have progressed ever since I have joined really,” said Matt. “The coaching staff at Albion are quality. I have come on leap and bounds since I first started. I feel like I am in a stronger position now and can offer more.

“As for the club, it is a good place to be. We are all riding high coming off the back of 13 wins in a row. It is the place to be and I am sure all the lads are feeling the same as I am.

“Kieran just said he was impressed with what he has seen this year. I’ve had a good season and he said he would like to carry me on for next season. Obviously I have worked hard throughout the season; I have put my everything into it and as I said I feel like I have had a good season. The new deal wasn’t a complete shock but it was still nice to get asked again and go again up another level.

“As a winger, you have got to be a try-scorer basically. If I don’t score I don’t feel like I have had a good game. My strengths are I am a ball carrier. I break the lines, I put people in, I get behind the gain line. Scoring tries is pretty much what I am about, as long as I am doing that it is all good.

“Along with all the other lads, I think promotion is on the cards, as expected. We had a great season last season. Number one spot is all you can aim for really and you would be silly not to aim for that and aim too low. So I think promotion is the number one aim.”

Albion will be expected by many to be competing for promotion next season and Matt thinks they will be up there, but acknowledges that winning the league is not an easy task.

“It is always going to be a challenge because there are such great teams in the league,” said Matt. “It is a tough league. We have had a few people leave and a few people come as well so it is taking it into pre-season.

“Adjusting what we have got, adjusting what we have still got and basically try and keep that momentum from the last half of last season and bringing it into the very first game that we play. It is going in the right places and the coaching staff that are there are only going to make us better so I will be very surprised if we don’t hit the ball running.”