Alex Codling: Stability and continuity is the key: Alex Codling_0001

Alex Codling: Stability and continuity is the key

On the back of the club announcing Marshall Gadd as the first of the Titans current players to commit his future to the club, Alex Codling spoke about the importance of stability and continuity of a squad in order to achieve success on the field of play.

Acknowledging that assembling a squad of the right players is no easy task, Alex Codling candidly revealed, “We are entering a busy time of the year in terms of recruiting a squad for next season. There’s always going to be a change in players every year and that’s inevitable, but certainly I would like to keep a core group from this season. That’s important in terms of continuity both for the playing and coaching staff. There’s a lot of potential within the group and the plan is to keep hold of a key number of them.

“We have a great bunch of guys here and they are all working exceptionally hard and the aim is to keep a number of them together for next year and build on that. In terms of players moving on, that will always occur, you can’t control that and I don’t get fixated on it.

“However, in the coming days and weeks we are looking to announce further players from within the squad that are prepared to commit to what we are trying to achieve here. Whenever you look at a successful organisation, you can see that it’s built around stability and continuity and that’s what we are aiming to achieve at Rotherham.

“There was a huge changeover in personnel here last summer and that makes it difficult to establish a culture and really build on the previous season, because you are starting from scratch. I appreciate we are a club where boys are looking at us as a springboard, which is great for them, but at the same time we need to balance that with stability and continuity.

“It’s important to try and achieve that stability and continuity for the players, myself and Lee (Blackett) and also for our supporters, so they can get a bond with the players and watch them develop over a period of time.”