Neil Tunnah: Jersey Reds coach excited by Premiership pathway for players

Neil Tunnah
Neil Tunnah arrived in Jersey on Wednesday, having spent more than seven years coaching in Australia

Newly-appointed Jersey Reds assistant Neil Tunnah says the club's record of readying players for the Premiership influenced his decision to join.

The 37-year-old Scot took the role in March, replacing Alex Rae, and will predominantly work with the forwards.

At least four Jersey players are leaving the island to play in the top flight next season.

"Since Harvey came in, there's been a steady stream of players moving on to the Premiership," Tunnah said.

"That's one of things that really excited me about coming to the club."

Jersey finished fifth in the Championship this season, only missing out on the play-offs as they won a game fewer than Doncaster.

Prop Simon Kerrod and lock Pierce Phillips have signed deals with Worcester, while back row James Freeman will join Exeter and flanker Gary Graham is moving to Newcastle.

"To be coming in and being involved in that process, helping these young men kick on to where they want to be - it's not only good for them but for the club," added Tunnah to BBC Radio Jersey.

"If we can keep doing that then the club will get success off it as well.

"I was saying to Harvey [head coach Harvey Biljon] it'll certainly be more about evolution than revolution with the boys."

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