Nottingham skipper aims to help Corsairs build a brighter future
BRENT Wilson is determined to take the Green and Whites to new heights.
And it's not just as captain of Championship side Nottingham Rugby, but as coach of lower league outfit Corsairs.
For Wilson, the top job with the Midlands Four East (North) side is a perfect fit – the clubs share a long history, the iconic hoops, and even their home at the Lady Bay Sports Complex.
The former New Zealand Sevens international has started to turn things around for the competition strugglers, leading them to their first league win of the campaign against Tupton earlier this month.
That is just the beginning of Wilson's plans as he tries to rebuild the side from the ground up after their relegation last season.
"Since I got my coaching badge I've been on the lookout for a challenge and I've certainly found one with Corsairs," said Wilson.
"It's a club with amazing potential, there is so much youth, hundreds of juniors and minis running around in green and white every week, and most importantly there is a lot of ambition.
"Right now the door is open for players of all abilities to train with the senior side on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Lady Bay as we try build a squad.
"It has been difficult with low numbers, but there is a core group and great enthusiasm among the lads to make Corsairs the best it can be."
Corsairs captain George Updale, 22, said the transformation under Wilson has been instantaneous, from a side struggling for an identity to one with renewed purpose.
"It has come as a massive boost, the numbers multiplied as soon as he came down to coach," said Updale.
"We have gone from being a scratch side at the weekend to a team that has a game plan, structure and actual direction now.
"I know we are going to improve leaps and bounds for as long as Brent is here."
The hooker's entire rugby life has been green and white, from first picking up the a ball as a seven-year-old to winning the under-17 Midlands Championship and suiting up for Nottingham Rugby's Academy.
He even went through the split that saw Nottingham Rugby go professional and Boots Corsairs born as an amateur outfit in 2006.
"When the professionals decided it was time to go off and do their thing, there was a need for a senior side at Corsairs and I've always been proud to be a part of it," Updale said.
"It has always been a young and inexperienced side made up of juniors that have come through the ranks.
"It is the youth system that will continue to take us forward and we want to give every junior here something to aspire to.
"With Brent involved and Nottingham's Rupert Cooper helping out with fitness there is a lot for the young people here to look up to."
Corsair committee member Kevin Taylor added: "We can't get much lower than where we are as a senior side and we are starting again with a bit of vision.
"We are hoping to strengthen the links between the juniors here and the senior side.
"It's in the next few years that we would like to be in Level Two, but we need to hold onto those youngsters that we have lost over the years and have them lead the way."