CORNISH Pirates boss Ian Davies has put pen to paper on a new two year contract which sees him become Director of Rugby, writes Dick Straughan.
Davies joined the club in the summer of 2009 initially as a forwards coach and then head coach following the departure of Chris Stirling in 2012.
With his former assistant coach Harvey Biljon moving to Jersey just after Christmas, Davies has spent the last month in sole charge at the Mennaye, but he admits he is delighted to get a deal resolved which will keep him at the Pirates until the end of the 2015-16 season.
He said: "It's nice to get a two year deal and Dicky Evans has been good enough to include a release clause in my contract should the right opportunity to move on come along. My family is settled here in Cornwall and I am very pleased.
"The new job title means that I may have to attend some board meetings I think, but Stirlo (Chris Stirling) did a similar job when he was here, although he was off the field a fair bit with it. I like to be very hands-on in my approach."
Looking ahead Davies knows that he will have less money at his disposal for player recruitment next season but does not yet know how much.
"There will be a reduction in the playing budget next season but the challenge remains to keep unearthing new talent. With the Stadium news last week we could be in a much better place in two years time, or we could be back to square one."
Davie will now continue working on shaping his squad for next season.
The Cornish Pirates have been drawn at home to Principality Premiership leaders Pontypridd in the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.
And if they win that tie, the Pirates will be at home to either Leinster A or Munster A in the semi-finals.
The Pirates topped their pool with five wins out of six, while their Welsh opponents edged out London Scottish in their pool with four wins and two defeats.
Full draw: British & Irish Cup quarter-finals (April 4/5/6): Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans; Leinster 'A' v Munster A; Cornish Pirates v Pontypridd; Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion.
Semi-finals: (May 2/3/4): Cornish Pirates or Pontypridd v Leinster A or Munster A; Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans v Leeds Carnegie or Plymouth Albion.