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May 18, 2005

Dave is happy to be sent to Coventry

Posted by Editor on May 18, 2005 07:35 AM | One comment | Print | E-mail author

Dave Millard is joining Coventry
In today's Herald Jim Byers continues his report on the highs and lows of professional rugby players in Scotland - today he looks at former Glasgow wing Dave Millard.

Dave has landed a deal with Coventry, the mid-table English National Division One side, when after two years at Glasgow he wasn't offered a new contract. He will be playing on a semi-pro basis down south, but will be much better off financially than he was as a full-time player in Scotland.

Dave had no qualms about moving south to keep his career alive. "I needed to get out of Scottish rugby for a new start and Coventry have ambitions of getting into the Zurich Premiership within the next couple of seasons, so it's a good club to go to," he says.

Injury during his first season at Glasgow hampered Dave's chances to make an impact. During his second season, despite winning a call-up to the Scotland Sevens squad to play at the IRB Wellington Sevens in New Zealand, Dave still couldn't make an impact at Glasgow.

"I didn't get enough games to show what I could do," Dave says. "The Glasgow coaches had a game plan and they were looking for certain types of players. I just didn't fit in to their plans."

Dave isn't going to let the knock-back from Glasgow put him off a career as a full-time player. For him, giving up was never an option, nor was having to move house.

"I never saw it as an issue," he says. "If you get the chance to play rugby full-time, you take it. It's a dream job. It's a lifestyle that once you're into it, you don't want to leave until you've retired."

You can read The Herald article here

Posted by Highlandbrave75 on May 18, 2005 09:05 PM | Reply to this comment

All the best for the future Dave.

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