Mountain moves on as Ellon get ready for top flight rugby

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Ellon Rugby Club’s head coach Sam Mountain has stood down from his position at the club.

Following the club’s promotion last week to BT Caledonia Division 1, Mountain tendered his resignation, revealing that he had always planned to stay in the hot seat for just the two-year stretch.

“I had said I would do two years and that would be me,” he said, “and the owner is fine about it.

“I’m not giving up coaching altogether.

“I’m still doing bits in Aberdeen, but that’s me finished with Ellon now.

“I’ve got a couple of things that are maybe in the pipeline but nothing too committal just yet.”

Before leaving the club, Mountain spoke to the ‘Ellon Times’ and looked back over the club’s promotion-winning season and said that moving up to Caledonian 1 had always been the target.

“We did want to get promoted. That was one of the things we wanted to do as a group,” he said.

“We would have rather gone up by winning the league, instead of being in the situation where we were in a play-off.

“But we’re happy to have gone up regardless. It’s still a great achievement by the guys.”

Mountain pinpointed the 68-15 home win against Moray as being one of the highlights of the season on the pitch.

”When we played Moray, that was one of the most complete 80-minute performances by the guys this season.

“Everything just clicked into place and that was something special.

We had a massive crowd come along on the day and everything just sort of came together.”

Though he won’t be at The Meadows next season, Mountain says that Ellon “absolutely” have a side which is more than capable of doing well in the top flight.

“They’ve got a really good squad there,” he said.

“There are new players coming in as well as older players with a bit more experience coming back which will really help them.

“I’d like to think they’ll stand their own there. I think they’ll do OK in Caley 1.”