david_lyonsNew London Scottish second row enforcer David Lyons takes some time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions on the season ahead.

How are you settling in at London Scottish?
Really well, there are a few new players and everyone has been made to feel very welcome.

How is pre-season going so far?
It’s been going well. It’s been tough as I’m sure is the case with all sides at this time of year – but the boys generally seem to be enjoying the work that we have been doing. The feeling from the guys from last years squad is that we are a long way ahead of where they were last year, which will hopefully have us in good shape come September.

What are your ambitions as both a club and personally for this season?
We are amongst a number of clubs that I’m sure have ambitions to be involved in the play offs, come the end of the season. Personally, as a new guy to the squad, I’m just looking to get into the side as much as I can, contribute as much as possible and try to move my game on from last season.

Are there any players you think could make a name for themselves in the squad this season from what you have seen so far?
A lot of guys are looking pretty impressive in the gym and fitness wise, but we haven’t done a huge amount of full – on rugby stuff yet. Although we have a couple of new 10’s in Dan Newton and Lee MIllar who will hopefully be pulling the strings for us come September.

What was behind your decision to move from Cornish Pirates?
I had a fantastic time at Pirates and count myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play down there. However, I did struggle with the distance away from family and friends a little at times so that, combined with Scottish’s ambition really led to the move.

Who do you think will be the main challengers in the Championship this season?
I think most people would say Bristol have a strength in depth in their squad that no one else can really match – but there quite a few sides who if they are fortunate with injuries could put them under pressure.

With your degree and masters in sports and exercise do you see yourself taking up some kind of coaching role in the future?
It’s definitely something I’ve thought about, although it might be interesting to pursue something outside of sport as well.

As a relatively late starter to the professional game do you have any tips for players out there still hoping to make it?
Currently most guys come through the academy and age group channels but there are definitely other routes. Clubs are often looking at divisions bellow their own for guys that might be able to step up and do a good job at their level.

Many thanks to David for his time and all the best to both him and London Scottish for the season ahead.