Sunderland Rugby Club’s miserable campaign may see them rooted to the bottom of the league, however there is optimism inside the club that it can undergo a youthful rebuild.
The city side have lost all 18 of their games in the Durham and Northumberland Division One table, having lost a number of first team players in the summer.
This season has seen a change in policy, with the club blooding a number of youngsters at the deep end in a bid to support their struggle.
“We’ve lost a lot of backs, so we’ve had to bring through the youth,” said club chairman Paul Geehan.
“By playing these youngsters now we can reap the benefits of their experience in a few years as we look to rebuild”.
And despite all the Wearsiders’ struggles, one stand out player has been 21 year old flanker Grant Edmunson, who believes that the club can benefit from this tormenting season.
“I’ve only been playing senior rugby a few seasons myself but the experience you get through games is vital, I’m sure the younger lads have learnt a lot for the future.”
Edmunson’s comments were reverbirated by Thomas Ferris, who has represented the second team on a number of occasions this season.
Ferris said: “There’s a lot of younger lads who have played for the seconds this season in order to get a taste of senior rugby.”
When they develop further Sunderland’s first team will have a number of players who have come through the ranks to play for them, which can only be a good thing”.
The Ashbrooke club still have eight games remaining this season.