Full-time return to Cambridge Rugby Club is like home from home for Fin Creighton
Fin Creighton will have a new focus and priority when the next season gets under way at Cambridge Rugby Club.
The 20-year-old has re-signed for his boyhood club for the 2020/21 campaign, having spent last season on Coventry’s books – however, on loan at Volac Park.
But a different sense of direction has meant that Creighton has committed himself to the Cambridge cause, rather than splitting his time with regular trips to training up the A14 and M6.
“Officially I was at Coventry, but I’ve been on loan at Cambridge all year,” he says.
“I was weighing up my options of whether to go to uni or pursue professional sport [last year].
“One of my old mates from when I was at Northampton Saints suggested going to Rowland (Winter, Coventry’s director of rugby) so I got in contact with him, went up and met him and a week later signed.
“I learnt a lot, definitely. I was sold the dream that even if I wasn’t going to play this year, I would play next year.
“I got to the point where I couldn’t see that happening – or I could but maybe a couple more years down the line.
“It was a bit cannon fodder as you’re not involved in their matchday squad so you are just a tackle pad. It led me to want to find a career and pursue that while playing Cambridge on the side.”
Despite making 17 appearances for Cambridge last season, once he got a full-time job, with a recruitment company, there was another dilemma in store.
Creighton was offered the chance to join Bishop’s Stortford.
“There was a lot of thinking to it, they treated me pretty well and everything seemed pretty positive but when you think of it in work terms, my first week of work put everything into perspective - the travel, on top of work, to Stortford, whereas Cambridge is right on my doorstep and I have been here since I was five so that ended up outweighing it,” he explains.
“There is also a good bunch that are really good mates at Cambridge, and that would have all been put to the side.”
It is that camaraderie and team spirit that Creighton believes will stand Cambridge in good stead next season.
The signs were there from the halfway stage of the last campaign, with the early cancellation ending up placing them eventually in tenth.
“I think the last three years we have been building in our ambitions to be top six and with that run of six games on the trot, it pushed us towards that but I don’t think we were still quite good enough to be top six,” he says.
“I think actually pushing properly for the top six as a team is a big thing and I want to be part of the way that the club is building towards that.
“I do think the foundations from Richie (Williams, Cambridge’s head coach) and the players themselves are being put in place to really push on.”
Another big aspect that Creighton thinks will come into play is going back to enjoying rugby as he is no longer trying to pursue it as a career.
“Even the few weeks I stepped away from Coventry and started looking for work, the whole perspective changed and enjoyment leads to performing better,” he says.
“On top of that, I’m quite young but trying to develop as much of a leadership role as I can because at scrum-half you’ve got to have respect from everyone else to direct them around.
“From earning respect and gaining trust from everyone in the squad, I want to help lead – despite my young age.”
He added: “There is still loads of opportunity to improve the whole time.
“There is a lot of opportunity in all aspects to develop at Cambridge.”