Winger Spencer Sutherland today signed on for a second season at Esher, and instantly spoke of his ambition to take the Club into the Championship at the earliest opportunity.
Sutherland was one of Ollie Smith’s first signings last summer, joining from National One rivals Coventry, and enjoyed a strong first year at Molesey Road, scoring six tries in 16 appearances.
The 22-year-old was picked up through the Club’s hugely successful sevens programme, under the leadership of lead development coach Chris Kibble, and has this year gone on to win senior honours for Gloucestershire.
Despite having a fruitful term in the No.11 jersey, Sutherland wants more, and is looking to really make his mark on a team which he believes are more than ready to push onto the next level.
“It’s been a really good eight or nine months for me, on a personal level, and as a team also, bar a few blips, I think we’ve had a pretty successful year,” said the flier.
“I love the ethos and values of Esher, and that’s from the first team, right through to the minis and juniors. There are no egos and no cliques – everyone is pulling in the same direction and that’s appealing.
“Having said all that, it’s now about really kicking on. We are a young, close-knit group and we are hungry to test ourselves at the best level possible, and we know we have it in us to go up.
“As a team, we probably need to be a little stronger after we hit a bump, and we did that as we put together a great run in the final stages of the season. From a personal point of view I am looking to forward to leading from the front but, ultimately, if I fit into the bigger picture and play my part, then that’s perfect as by pulling together, it’ll give us a real chance of challenging for top spot, and promotion.”