NOTTINGHAM captain Brent Wilson says reaching the
premiership promotion play-offs is just the beginning.
AND GO: Skipper
Brent Wilson says Nottingham still have heights to reach
before the play-offs kick-off. PIC: Steve Galloway.
The moment rookie head coach Martin Haag took charge of the
Green and Whites in the summer the target was a top four
And with Wilson leading the way on the field, Nottingham have
delivered with two league games to spare.
"The aim from day one this season was to finish in the top four
and we've done that and we can feel happy about ourselves for doing
that," Wilson said.
"But getting to the play-offs is just the first of our goals in
the Championship, our next goal is to make sure that we secure
"We've still got two games between now and the play-offs so
we'll focus on them first, try and pick up 10 points from our last
two league games to cement that second spot in the league.
"There's still a lot to play for to try and push on to secure
that second spot."
Not since winning promotion from the third tier of English rugby
- the old National League Two - in 2003/4 have Nottingham finished
clear second in the league.
The highest the Green and Whites' have climbed in the league
since then was third place six seasons ago. And they only ended up
behind Exeter in second on points difference.
It is the first time Nottingham has finished in the Championship
top four since the 2008/09 season.
"We have been working towards the semi-finals all season and the
club has been building towards this for a lot of years now," Wilson
"But we are a long way from being finished. We have come
straight back to work, focused on Newcastle in the British and
Irish Cup quarter-final this week and then we can turn our
attention to making sure we push on in the league from there."