CHELTENHAM Saracens' skipper James Taylor says the club continue to go from strength to strength ahead of their Gloucester One campaign, writes James Crawley.
Four years' ago the Brooklyn Road outfit struggled even to field a first XV and were on the verge of collapse, before a significant turnaround.
Heading into his second season with the Saracens, the club captain says there is a promising future ahead for everyone involved with playing numbers booming at present.
"We are entering four different senior sides into leagues this year as well as having a very promising Under-17s team as well," said Taylor.
"Our seconds and thirds won both their respective leagues last year with the seconds winning the Cheltenham Combination Cup too."
Gloucester and new England prop Rupert Harden replaced Peter Buxton as head coach in June following the latter's move to Town rivals Cheltenham.
Taylor believes the experience that Harden brings will help improve the squad even further.
"I think it's a brilliant appointment for the club," added Taylor.
"Pete (Buxton) deserves huge plaudits for what he brought to the club when he was here and was integral in getting Rupert (Harden) in too.
"Rupert is progressing the club further now with fresh ideas and huge enthusiasm, and the experience he can bring to training, fresh from a tour of South Africa with England, is massive."
Harden is hoping to push Saracens towards promotion in his first season while also working towards the future with the promising youngsters and Taylor is pleased with their progress.
"We are now in a set-up where we can build towards a positive future, whilst maintaining the traditions of a good old-fashioned rugby club," added Taylor.
"With four teams out this season, and an England player at the helm, it is an extremely exciting time for the club."