rugbys supremo Keith Fairbrother has already started building for next season.
The former Coventry and England prop forward, who moved in with a rescue package last
summer, stepped up his player transfer activities within hours of the seasons final
"We need a squad of thirty players for next season and that is bigger than some
First Division clubs," said the Coventry chairman. "You need that size of squad
because in the middle of winter when you get a few injuries you need strength in
Coventry were victims of a mid-season slump in the campaign just completed. They
finished in seventh place but were left wondering just how high they could have gone with
a stronger squad.
Steve Gough, who was awarded player of the year after Saturdays
conclusive 40-13 victory over Wakefield, said:
"It has been a real team effort this season, but we have under-achieved. We have
shown people that we can do better by beating the big boys here at Coundon Road. But next
season we have go one step further and beat them on their own grounds."
Coventrys players have shown their commitment to the club by suggesting that
their summer wages be spread over next season when the clubs finances are boosted by
Initially there was concern when the club terminated the contracts of those players
whose agreement ran to August. The majority of the players in the squad are contracted to
the end of May and have re-signed for the new season starting in August.
"It was a question of bringing everything into line. I spoke to each player
individually and there were no complaints. They have all been offered new contracts for
next season. We have no money coming into the club in June and July so it makes sense to
do it this way."
Coventry nearly went out of existence last summer after the receivers were called in
but a consortium headed by Fairbrother mounted a rescue package.
Just a few days before the season was about to start the club was desperately short of
players. They lost the first match at Worcester but then won five matches in succession to
be right up with the leaders.
Then came the mid-season slump and director of rugby Derek Eves left to return to
Bristol. He was replaced by Keith Richardson.
Coventry found their second wind at the start of April and ended with four wins in the
last five matches to give the club heart for the next campaign.
But Fairbrother says: