Glad to be back in the hot seat

Kirkcaldy Rugby coach Quintan Sanft at the gym he has opened, Fitness Pacific, in Mitchelson Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy. Photo: Walter Neilson
Kirkcaldy Rugby coach Quintan Sanft at the gym he has opened, Fitness Pacific, in Mitchelson Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy. Photo: Walter Neilson
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Quintan Sanft is looking forward to a seventh season in charge of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club, despite being forced to re-apply for his job.

Sanft’s contract as Blues head coach expired at the end of last season and the club opted to advertise for the post, placing his future in doubt.

However, following the interview process, the former Samoan international was re-appointed, and he is now preparing his squad for the new season.

“I’m happy to be back,” he told the Press. “It was a bit of a surprise to re-apply but it’s a new committee this season and they wanted to make sure everything was done the right way, which is fair enough.”

Sanft’s mission this season will be to consolidate the club’s position in Premiership B ahead of league reconstruction.

“Consolidation and trying to stay in this league is paramount for me, especially with a lot of young boys coming up from Colts,” Sanft said.

“A lot of our experienced boys are coming to the end of their playing careers and have got families now and work commitments.

“The leagues are getting restructured from next year, so we need to make the top six to stay in the same league.

“Miss that and we’ll be playing in the National League where longer travels come into play, which puts constraints on budgets.”

Sanft, who is 36, plans to play himself more regularly this season after spending much of last season on the sidelines with a knee injury.

“The knee is back to full strength, and the lungs are close to 100 per cent,” he added.

Away from rugby, Sanft has opened his own fitness centre in Kirkcaldy.

Fitness Pacific is located in Mitchelston Industrial Estate where Sanft himself takes classes aimed at improving conditioning and fitness.

“I’ve never been one of those guys that likes lifting heavy weights,” he said.

“I was always more interested in conditioning, fitness and toning up. That’s what I’ve started with Fitness Pacific.

“The main drive is conditioning through high intensity work-outs. Everyone has different goals.

“We have some people coming to lose weight, while others come to just condition and get fitter.

“It’s open to everyone, and it’s all done at your own pace. It’s also pay as you go – £4 for an hour session.”

For more information search Fitness Pacific Kirkcaldy on Facebook.