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Will Carpenter


Posted Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Fricker out to seize cup opportunity

Toby Fricker says he is eager to impress when the opportunity arises, as Bristol Bears prepare to kick-off the 2019/20 season with a trip to face Harlequins in the Premiership Cup on Friday night (live on BT Sport, 7.45pm KO).

The wing, who joined from Welsh Premiership side Ebbw Vale in March, has relished his first pre-season as a professional and is now keen to grasp his opportunity in Pat Lam’s squad.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “There has been a lot of hard work and effort put in over the past few months and I’m just excited to get stuck in on Friday night.

“I just want to try and pull that jersey on as many times as I can this season. That’s what I’m striving to do and whenever I’m called up I’m going to take that opportunity and show just why they were right to bring me here in the first place.

“Friday would be my first senior, professional game, so it’s massive for me. It’s exciting – and if I get the opportunity to play on Friday, I’ll be ready.”

Fricker says the transition into the professional game has been challenging but enjoyable and believes an extended pre-season has aided his progress.

Focused: Toby Fricker eager to impress.

And after a whirlwind six-month period, the 23-year-old is firmly focused on improvement.

“It was a really quick process – it all happened over about a month I think. The club saw clips of mine and then I came in to meet Pat (Lam), originally about joining for this season. But in the end, it was decided I’d start earlier, so I joined at the end of last season, so that head start has really helped me.

“The longer pre-season has definitely benefitted me. I came in towards the end of last season, and now for me, it’s building the foundations right from the beginning again. It’s been so helpful and I’m really enjoying it all.

“The thing about the Bears, is that you’re given the chance to get better and better. It’s up to you to do that, but everything is in place for you - from the resources, to the training, to the coaches - it’s all there to help you get to your pinnacle of performance.

“So far, I know I’m getting better and better every week and hopefully that can continue.”

Pat Lam’s men host Gloucester in the Premiership Cup on Friday, September 27th (7.45pm KO) before welcoming London Irish to Ashton Gate on Sunday, October 6th (3pm KO).

The Lansdown lower and South Stand only will be open for these fixtures. Please note, the games are not included on your season card. Tickets in the South Stand are £10 for adults and just £1 for U12s.

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