Edwards feels Redruth can be optimistic about keeping players
Redruth director of rugby Adrian Edwards has reaffirmed his commitment to the club and believes most of his squad will remain at the National League Two South side this season.
The Reds are currently unable to pay their players due to cash-flow problems for the second successive campaign.
However, they now lie fourth in the table, just four points behind leaders Henley Hawks, who they beat at the Recreation Ground last Saturday.
That 17-11 victory required total commitment from the players and Edwards is fully prepared to continue leading them. He said: "I'm happy and I don't see any reason to leave unless the players decided they didn't want me around.
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"My position seems pretty solid but I'm not the one to judge that. It has been a testing couple of weeks and I'm sure my predecessor, Dave Penberthy, felt the same when he went through it in recent years.
"These are good-quality players who have been through the mill here for the last two or three years, and they could have quite easily walked away. Nobody could have slagged them off for that.
"Some of the things said before and after the game between them have been really moving. We're all doing it for each other and for the club.
"Redruth is a big, famous club and we all recognise that. They wore that club badge with pride on Saturday.
"We're going to be OK, I think. There are too many good people involved."
One or two of the club's senior players may still leave, but that may have been inevitable given their performances in recent seasons.
Prop Peter Joyce left for Championship side the Cornish Pirates in September, while No.8 Tom Duncan has been League Two South's top try scorer this season and last term. Edwards said: "There are only one or two that I know of, and one of them was probably going to go anyway because everyone has been talking about him for years.
"He has been the leading scorer for the last two years and, like Peter Joyce, you would never knock anyone for playing at a higher level."
Redruth will continue to rely upon their younger players. Murray Westren made a promising debut at full-back, following the late withdrawal of centre Lewis Vinnicombe, last weekend.
Edwards said: "Our backs coach Steve Evans phoned me early on the day of the game and said Lewis had to drop out and he backed Murray 100 per cent.
"We have had a number of people play full-back – Dean Bonds and Tom Notman included – but Steve asked me to back him about Murray – and what a great debut. He was absolutely fantastic," Edwards concluded.