With the first pre-season game at Aberavon in less than 4 weeks’ time, winger Jack Arnott is feeling quietly confident and raring to go.
“Pre-season has been tough and there were a few sore bodies after the first few weeks, but the boys have trained really well.”
Talking about the squad’s preparation and development through the pre-season phases, he said: “Anyone watching the way we are training and witnessing the way we will be wanting to play will feel it is a step in the right direction.”
Jack who was dual-registered with Exeter Chiefs last season, but now on a full contract with us, made 23 appearances last season scoring six tries in the Championship and three in the Cup.
Still aged just 22, he is aware that factors to focus on both individually and collectively concern development, performance, consistency and gradual improvement. Selfless, his immediate hopes and goals concern how the side performs as a team.
“It’s obviously lovely to dot down but to get tries in the Championship is not easy. You enjoy them when they come but it is as a team together that we’ll aim to play the best rugby we can."
"If we graft in training and also strive to address areas for improvement, then the benefit should be seen on match days, and we can hopefully improve week in week out.”
Pace has been a major attribute of Jack’s, and he enjoyed success as sprinter up to SW Schools level before rugby became his main focus. He has also starred as a 7s player and skippered Exeter Chiefs in the JP Morgan 7s.
Concentrating nowadays on the 15-a-side game, Jack holds an ambition to play at the highest level.
“I can only strive to play the best rugby I can and see where it takes me, though always realising that rugby is a contact sport and injuries can of course happen.
So, my hopes are to stay injury free and, as I say, play the best rugby I can and hopefully help the Pirates progress.”
An Evening at The Mennaye
Keep an eye out here and on social media for news of an ‘Evening at The Mennaye’ in early August ahead of our first friendly, when we can catch up with the players and old friends in an informal social environment.