Jersey: Harvey Biljon says new signings must gel faster

Jersey v Bristol
Jersey's forwards have been particularly affected by the injury crisis

Jersey boss Harvey Biljon says the club's current injury crisis means his new signings must gel even quicker.

Biljon brought in 16 players ahead of the club's fourth Championship season.

But he currently has 11 men out injured, including experienced players such as captain Alex Rae, prop Sam Lockwood and second-row Nick Campbell.

"All the new signings have contributed really well, what we need to do is get them gelling even quicker," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

The island side are bottom of the Championship following last Saturday's 24-7 loss at home to Bristol.

"They're playing, in phases and patches, some fantastic rugby," added Biljon.

"We just need to make sure these new guys have got an understanding of their teammates around them and an understanding of the way Jersey are looking to play their rugby."

Biljon conceded that his current injury crisis is affecting his side as they aim to build on last season's club-record seventh-placed finish.

"It's definitely had an impact, it's had an impact on our selection because we're selecting what's fit in a couple of positions.

"Nevertheless we trust our squad to be positive so let's see how they respond," he added.

"There's an opportunity for the Charlie Butterworths and the Gary Grahams to step up and I know they're excited about it, they want to get out there and perform well."