15th Nov, 2019

Barry: We're always moving forward

Aaron Wise 1st Dec, 2016

GIANT lock Darren Barry is adamant Warriors are moving forward and progressing despite winning just one of nine Premiership games this season.

The 6ft 6in player admitted although results are the biggest indication of a club moving forward from a fans point of view, he noticed Warriors’ depth and quality within the squad is growing off the pitch.

The former Cornish Pirates player also believes the club can still climb the league ladder into mid-table.

“It’s been a disappointing few weeks, but minus out discipline, we’ve shown a lot of attacking intent and need to take that forward,” said Barry.

“Personally, I think the club has made progress this season. I think we can push on to be a amongst the teams in mid-table. Our attacking play is a lot greater compared to last season, so I think if we can improve on our accuracy and finish our opportunities, we’ll see improvements on the pitch.

“Whilst results are the biggest indication of moving forward from a fans point of view, I think when you’re in the team and aware that replacement players are capable of getting the job done when first-team choices aren’t available, you can feel you’re moving forward. We just need the results to prove that.

“If we would’ve beaten Gloucester, Sale Sharks and even Northampton Saints, things would be completely different and people would be talking about how far we’ve come. Those small losses can unfortunately get us branded as a team not moving forward.

“I don’t think the players agree with that at all. We all want to improve and rectify that,” he added.

Barry believes Warriors’ academy players are adding to the depth of the squad and are ready to be called upon by head coach Carl Hogg.

“If you look at our squad and take into account the young guys who have stepped up and played for us this year, you can see how deep of a squad we’ve got.

“If a player can’t feature for us at the weekend, whether it be down to injury or international duty, we have players ready and able to fill the gap.”

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