Steve Boden: Jersey have potential to make Championship play-offs in future

Steve Boden
Steve Boden played for Jersey in their first season in the Championship before becoming forwards coach

Outgoing Jersey forwards coach Steve Boden says the island side is capable of making the Championship play-offs.

Boden is to leave the club for a similar role with Yorkshire Carnegie, having helped Jersey to a club-best sixth-place finish this season.

"Jersey can be a strong Championship outfit that can regularly try and push for a play-off place.

"We weren't a million miles away from it this year, we fell off at the end, but we had a good season," he said.

"The club want to move on and try and stabilise to be pushing for a top four position, which I think is very attainable with the foundations they've put in over the last couple of years."

Boden, who initially joined Jersey as a hooker from Championship rivals Doncaster ahead of their first season in the second tier, will be replaced as forwards coach by current captain Alex Rae.

"I don't think there's a better person to take the job. I think he'll really add to the coaching team," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"They've chosen very smartly, I can't speak highly enough of him as a person, and I think that's a big part of coaching.

"If you're a half-decent person people listen to what you've got to say and that's half the battle.

"He's a good person, he's respected, he's got good morals and he knows quite a bit about rugby as well.

"I think he'll have a good future in coaching and I think he'll add to the coaching team that's here at the moment."

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