‘We want to win silverware’

Max Argyle leads out the team on his 150th appearance v Bedford Blues Picture: GARRY BOWDEN

JERSEY REDS’ newest sesqui-centurion, Max Argyle, has pledged the club’s season will only be complete if they ‘go one more step and win some silverware’.

The back-row forward joined an elite few in the win at Bedford over the weekend, becoming only the third player in modern times to make 150 appearances for the club.

And the 30-year-old has opened up on how hard this season has been, with every game ‘feeling like a cup final’.

On reaching the 150-game mark – the first player to do so solely in the Championship – Argyle said: ‘I just love playing, whether you’re 20 or 35, if you’re serious and ambitious, even if your role may change, or the expectation for you changes over time, fundamentally it’s about performance.

‘We’ve been able to achieve some success this year, which is fantastic to be a part of, and whatever the outcome I’m proud to get the 150 and be part of a squad that’s building.

‘Like a lot of people if they at Jersey for a year or ten, you don’t think about it, but it’s been a great journey, with Harvey [Biljon], Rob [Webber] & Tom [Williams], and the support staff, we’ve been able to build on our success year on year.

‘When you’re going week to week you don’t really spend time reflecting on it, but it’s been great and hopefully we can finish with some silverware and something more concrete than just the best Reds’ finish ever.’

Only Jerseymen Jon Brennan (200 appearances) and David Felton (158) have played more times for the club in recent decades, on their run through National Leagues and in the Championship, following their promotion in 2012.

Argyle signed for Jersey from Rotherham Titans in 2016, having previously played for his hometown club, Derby RFC, and Sheffield Tigers.

Discussing Jersey’s recent form, which has taken them to within two games of the Championship title, he added: ‘Every game feels like a cup final. Being one point behind Ealing, we couldn’t afford to lose a game because it would have made it a lot more difficult. We’d be relying on Ealing to slip up.

‘So for a large part of the year, every game that comes up has been the most important, as we couldn’t afford to lose anymore points.

‘That’s stood us in quite good stead into this business end, we’re quite used to it now, and it’s transformed our mindset and approach. Hopefully it’ll make the key difference.’

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