Nat Saumi's mission at Plymouth Albion is not over
Nat Saumi has insisted he still has plenty of work to do at Plymouth Albion, despite announcing his departure from the club yesterday.
Albion's head coach and director of rugby will leave Brickfields at the end of the season to return to Fiji.
The 42-year-old revealed his decision in the wake of his side's 19-15 Championship defeat to Jersey last Saturday. That was Albion's ninth successive league defeat.
Saumi still believes his pre-season target of a top-eight spot in the Championship is possible. "Some coaches would just say 'I'm out of here straight away', but, like I've said before, I like challenges and I have to finish off what I've started," the Fijian said.
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"I'm the type of character that, whatever I start off, I have to finish. So I'm staying to the end of the season to help the players go for these last four games.
"The players are very important to me and I'm looking forward to working with them until the end of the season. We have four games to go and my target is still the top eight."
After nearly 17 years in England, playing for Albion, Cornish Pirates and Redruth, Saumi feels it is time to go home with his family. He said: "It is time for me to move on and start a new chapter of my life. I have enjoyed my time here, and I have learned a lot from doing this job."