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South Lincs Lightning American football team continue to make plans for the future

Plans are continuing to gather pace on the formation of a new American football team for the area despite the third national lockdown.

The Bourne-based South Lincs Lightning had hoped to stage their first player recruitment day this weekend.

However, with all sporting activities currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event at Bourne Rugby Club’s Milking Nook Drove ground has been postponed until the restrictions are eased.

Dan Harriss.
Dan Harriss.

The club have, however, still been working hard behind the scenes and have made a number of key coaching appointments ahead of what they hope will be their first campaign.

Dan Harriss has been named as the new head coach and arrives with a wealth of playing experience.

He has spent most of his playing career on the offensive line in every division in the country and featured on the defensive line, as a full-back and line-backer while also playing a handful of games in Europe.

Harriss has previous coaching experience with the Cambridge University Pythons and the Anglia Ruskin University Rhinos and is relishing the challenge ahead.

He said: “I am looking forward to a new chapter in my coaching career and can’t wait to be part of something new.

“I have been impressed with what I have seen so far and I am sure we will build a competitive and sustainable team and organisation for the future.”

Greg Simara has also joined the Lightning as the club’s assistant defensive co-ordinator and line-backer coach.

He has played and coached in Hungary for eight years before moving to England in 2012 where he joined the Peterborough Saxons.

Simara helped the Cambridgeshire club gain promotion and then switched to the Ouse Valley Eagles before gaining his level one coaching qualification.

Greg Simara. (44163456)
Greg Simara. (44163456)

Simara said: “I have a simple philosophy that we win as a team and lose as a team.

“Players must earn their spot, lead by example, enjoy what they do, work hard and learn the fundamentals.

“If these simple points are followed then the winning atmosphere will be developed quickly and I am looking forward to helping create a team that will succeed.”

The Lightning have also appointed Jamie Carter as the club’s offensive co-ordinator.

He has previous playing experience with the Peterborough Saxons and Lincolnshire Bombers and has recently been with the Cambridgeshire Cats.

Carter now wants to make the full transition to coaching having worked with the Anglia Ruskin University Rhinos.

He said: “I really like the strategy of the offence and believe that co-ordinating it with a strong defensive background will help by allowing me to think of plays from both sides of the ball.

“I am looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my footballing life by taking on the role and responsibilities at the South Lincs Lightning.

“This will include passing on as much of my experience as possible into the next generation of players.”

Carter has been joined in the offensive ranks by line coach Wullie Docherty who has previous playing experience with the Irvine Seagulls and Ayr Burners.

He has also featured for the Rockingham Rebels, Leicester Huntsman, Northants Storm, Nene Valley Hybrids and Peterborough Saxons after moving to England.

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