Jamie Davies hoping to become Plymouth Albion's new wing wonder
PLYMOUTH Albion have had some eye-catching wings during their 10 years at Brickfields.
Lee Robinson was Brickfields' first wing king, scoring a record-breaking 23 league tries in the 2003-04 season – Albion's first at their Devonport home.
He was eventually replaced by Frenchman Nic Sestaret, who ended up raising the club record even further touching down an incredible 28 times in the league during the 2006-07 campaign.
Tom Arscott and Liam Gibson also caught the eye out wide during their spells at the club, while last season Tom Bowen had an impressive debut term at Championship level.
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But now Welshman Jamie Davies is hoping to become the club's new wing wonder after arriving in the summer from Cardiff RFC.
Davies showed his form in pre-season, scoring a hat-trick against Redruth and impressing against Aberavon and Gloucester.
The 24-year-old may be new to English rugby and the Championship, but he is hoping to hit the ground running.
He is certainly not afraid to aim high ahead of his debut campaign.
"I'm hoping to get on the scoresheet regularly," he said.
"Scoring tries is what I have obviously been brought in to do.
"I'm definitely hoping to get on the score-sheet pretty much every week.
"I'd be very disappointed if I did not score at least once every game. That is my aspiration for this year. I will definitely be giving it my best to get close to that."
But he added: "I suppose, realistically, I'm just trying to get into double figures this year.
"It's my first time in the Championship, so that will be a big test in itself."
Davies has certainly settled in well at Albion since his summer move.
"I have been really enjoying it," he said. "It is still early days, but I have settled in quite well. I get on really well with a lot of the boys and I'm really enjoying my time."
Davies was pleased with how the pre-season matches went for both himself and the team.
He said: "I went into the Redruth and Gloucester games with a slight niggle in my back, but once I was out there I just put it behind me and focused on the rugby and it went really well.
"The performances we have put in have been outstanding so far.
"The first game was Aberavon. It was the first chance to see everyone on the field playing rugby and I was really impressed with our performance especially in the conditions.
"Redruth was a chance to show the potential in the backs and they excelled and against Gloucester we stood up well. I thought we gave a really good account of ourselves."
Davies' ability to breakthrough tackles and make ground could make him a firm favourite at Brickfields.
The former Neath player has certainly been pleased with the way the Albion supporters have taken to him so far.
"It's been a massive boost for me that the fans seem to have got behind me quite quickly," said Davies.
"As long as I can keep impressing them week-in, week-out they can stay behind me as they have been, then my confidence will keep growing. Hopefully, that will lead to even better performances and more tries."
But first Davies has to secure his place in the Albion team. The club are not short of options on the wing. Tom Bowen, Lewis Warner, Jack Arnott, Toby Howley-Berridge started games on the wing last season, while Heath Stevens, Ben Woods, Chris Elder and Louis Messer could all slot in there if needed.
"I think we are quite fortunate to have strength in depth," said Davies.
"There is a lot of competition for places, especially in the back three.
"There are two particularly who are competing for my position so I just need to keep turning in some good performances and, hopefully, stay in the starting XV.
"The players competing for my position are very good players and so I know personally I need to keep working and training hard to fight for my position."