After news that USA international scrum-half Robbie Shaw had signed for a second stint at Esher on Monday, the Club can today announce that another No.9, Andy Garner, has re-signed for next year.
Though still only 22, Garner has been at Molesey Road for five seasons, having joined straight from leaving one of the best rugby-playing schools in the country, Sedbergh.
A proven Championship level performer, Garner shared the scrum-half duties with Patrick O’Grady and on-loan Ollie Frost last term, but made 13 starts, and notched up seven tries – an excellent return.
With Shaw returning and there being a clutch of promising young scrum-halves in the development and academy sides, interim head coach Ricky Nebbett has a wealth of talent at his disposal in a crucial position.
Garner, who has just finished his degree at London South Bank University, is relishing the chance to make his mark on Esher’s second season in National One, but is under no illusion as to the hard work required to be successful – both personally and from a team point of view.
“I’m excited to be coming back for another season, and I feel I have lot to offer, both in terms of experience and my overall game,” he said.
“That being said, I am still learning and developing and even though I’m still at a stage in my life where I could pursue other opportunities, there is no other place I’d want to continue my rugby education than at Esher.
“Last season we were guilty at times of not closing out games, so it is vital we develop that trait this year. There were probably four or five games that we could or should have won, and the only remedy is hard work on the training pitch. If we do that, we know we will get close to achieving our goals.”
Garner’s final message was for the supporters, as he urged members to get behind a young side in what will be a hotly contested National League One.
“Our fans are fantastic – the best in the league,” commented Garner.
“National One is a tough old league and we rely on the support we get from our fans, not only at Molesey Road but, more importantly, away from home. On behalf of the squad I’d like to say thank you for your efforts in 2012-13, and all the players look forward to giving you much to cheer about over the next 12 months.”