TWO of RGC’s most influential squad members have been speaking on the initial stages of their pre-season training.

Efan Jones and Billy McBryde, who form the Gogs’ scrum-half and fly-half duo, were part of the senior set-up that are currently preparing for what promises to be another outstanding Indigo Group Premiership campaign.

The pair are once again expected to feature heavily for the club this time around, with both impressed by the work rate and overall quality of the sessions put on by the RGC coaching staff during the initial stages of their training programme.

Jones, who was believed to be attracting interest from elsewhere during the summer, told the RGC website: "It’s been an intense start to pre-season.

“It’s been good to see the boys again after a good offseason, and we’re starting to look sharp in our team sessions.

“Excited to see what our new lads can inject into the team leading into our first game this month.”

McBryde, who joined the club last summer and turned in a series of impressive display last term, added that things are “coming together nicely” within the set-up after an eventful summer that has seen Mark Jones replaced as head coach by Matt Silva.

“Strength and conditioning coach Gaz Whittaker is starting to ramp things up in terms of the intensity of the sessions to make sure we’re peaking at the right time and that we’re flying by the time the new season starts,” he said.

“We are settling in well and it’s just a case of building partnerships and getting used to our structures and systems so that we’re ready for that first game.”

The squad will be looking to re-group after losing a host of key men following the campaign, with Evan Yardley, Sam Wainwright and Sam Jones all departing for pastures new during the off-season.

Jess Williams, brother of RGC forward Beau, is the only new face to date at Stadiwm Zip World, but more activity is expected in the coming weeks before competitive action gets underway.