I want to stay - Mitch

NEIL Mitchell believes he is the man to lead the rebuild at Stourbridge RFC.

The Saxons could have their relegation from National One confirmed this Saturday if they lose at home to Sedgley Park.

Despite a tough season both on and off the field, Mitchell says his passion for the cause still burns strong and he wants to remain the club’s director of rugby.

He has already met with the board and put forward his proposals for next year and is waiting to hear their answer.

Mitchell, pictured right, said: “Given the chance I would certainly commit to another year at Stourbridge. I’m very ambitious and the club has been a huge part of my life for almost a decade. I’ve got a lot of friends here.

“It’s been a very bad year, almost incredibly so at times. There have been a multitude of issues and setbacks and it feels like the season has lasted about three years. I believe we need to re-invent ourselves, the club must be reinvigorated and I am up for the challenge of doing that.

“I’ve spoken to the players and there seems to be a real desire to stay and fight and get straight back up next year.

“That has to be the aim. We must be pro-active as I believe the club belongs in National One. We need to get out of the doldrums, which is where we seem to have been for the last couple of years.”

Stour head into Saturday’s game looking to halt a run of eight straight defeats since Christmas which effectively sealed their fate.

Skipper Ben Hughes and the influential Sam Robinson are both out for the rest of the season, with Mitchell challenging his side to finish with a flourish.

He said: “We have five games left to play and we must aim to get everything we can out of them.

“Even if it only means we beat Bees into finishing top of the relegated sides, we have to aim for something.”

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