Eastbourne Rugby Club head into the final straight of their season looking to build towards the future and life in Sussex Division One.
The Blue and Golds are currently second from bottom in the London and South East Three, 26 points adrift of Park House above them and all but resigned to relegation unless the leagues restructure at the end of the season.
However, coach Rob Outen says relegation might not necessarily be such a bad thing.
“You can look at the teams that have gone down to Sussex One and they’ve come back out of it a lot better.
“Our team will be stronger from the experience of this season and all we can do is regroup, hit the ground running at the start of next season and hopefully start playing rugby with a smile on our face.”
In the short term, Eastbourne face a tough task when they travel to third-placed Folkestone this weekend.
Outen said, “We have to believe we can win otherwise there’s no point playing.”
Eastbourne suffered their 17th league defeat this season when they lost 17-31 to Maidstone last weekend, yet Outen insists the players remain motivated.
“The spirit within the squad is good, considering. We’ve shown against Crowborough and Medway that we can play rugby and we haven’t crumbled, despite results.” Eastbourne currently have a number of players sidelined with injury, including captain Joe Tobin and Will Bettles.
Outen added, “We do have a lot of players out but that isn’t an excuse. We’re happy with the players that are replacing them.”