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Delaney proud of development tag

Glenn Delaney
We have a very good reputation for the type of club we are. We treat people very fairly and give them a chance

Glenn Delaney

Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney believes the club's reputation for developing talent will continue to help them progress next season.

Hooker Joe Duffey is the latest player to move on, having signed for Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

And Delaney told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It's the big calling card we've got.

"We've provided 10 or 11 players to Premiership clubs in the last three years. Players know they can achieve something if they play for us."

Nottingham overcame well-documented off-field financial difficulties to secure a fourth-placed finish in National One last term.

And Delaney believes the fact they regularly provide players for the biggest clubs in the country, while continuing to be competitive, means they remain an attractive proposition to ambitious players.

"People know they have a good opportunity to move on," Delaney said. "I'm not interested in anyone who wants to use us as a stop-gap but if people want to come and progress then we are happy to encourage them to do so.

"We've never been the club that pays the most money but what we can give back is development and the opportunity to play higher.

"We have a very good reputation for the type of club we are. We treat people very fairly and give them a chance.

"Recruitment is the biggest part of what is where we get our ethos from. It's a careful process; people don't play for Nottingham unless they fit and I spend a huge amount of time getting the right people."

And Delaney said the club's ability to develop talent while also producing winning rugby is no mean achievement.

Agonising defeats in some key games cost the Green & Whites the chance of third spot in the league while a try deep into injury-time denied them a place in the National Trophy final at Twickenham.

"It's very satisfying to finish in fourth and we are certainly looking forward to next term," he said.

"It's a marathon our season, we have played 34 competitive games.

"Last year we won three games by a point and this year we lost three by a point. And if you lose a semi-final by a point it's a bit galling.

"But there are such small margins in which games are won and lost by. It has proved a much more competitive league."

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