WATERLOO chairman Dave Crank is full of optimism following the Blundellsands team’s escape from relegation.
It was the first time in three years Loo had avoided the drop, and the chairman is now looking forward to a brighter future.
He said: "We can now see some light at the end of the tunnel.
"It has been a tough few years and at one time we were wondering what the future would hold for Waterloo RFC but we have now halted the decline and I believe that we can now look forward to building on what we have achieved over the past season."
The season did not start well and by the turn of the year Waterloo were on the abyss of a fourth relegation in as many seasons but with director of rugby Jan Van Deventer, the vastly experienced Gareth Hopkin and Ian McKie, the obvious talent within the squad was galvanised into a match winning unit and by the end of the season had put together enough wins, most memorably away at Middlesbrough, to maintain their status.
"I never thought that we were a poor side," Crank commented, "but it was frustrating to be losing matches yet so often within losing bonus point territory. The spirit within the squad was always there but with Jan, Gareth and Ian at last getting the message across we started to turn those narrow defeats into victories. What we have to do now is build on that and look to at least consolidate our position in National Three North as early as possible from the start of the season."
So far recruitment is going well. Last season's squad are already committed for the new campaign and with Deventer already looking to add more strength in depth the omens look good.
"Due to our slide down the league structure over the past few seasons we were never really in a position to hold onto players let alone recruit," the chairman admitted. "Now at last players are starting to look again at Waterloo as a place to play rugby and I know that Jan is hot on the trail of a number who could find their way to Blundellsands before the beginning of the season."
Away from the first team, the junior section goes from strength to strength and with a number of players moving up from colts rugby to join the seniors, prospects for the club as a whole are improving.