Young: Wasps can only get better

Dai Young will enter the new Aviva Premiership campaign satisfied that Wasps can only improve following the trauma of last season.

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London Wasps' Assistant Coach Rob Hoadley (left) and Head coach Dai Young (right) (PA Photos)

Wasps were under siege on and off the pitch last term as they contended with an extraordinary injury list that included the enforced retirement of three England players and the threat of bankruptcy.

They nearly paid the ultimate price of relegation, only to escape on the final day of the season with a solitary point separating them from bottom place Newcastle.

"The only luck we had last year was bad luck. I don't believe we can experience anything worse than last season," Young said. "We had the injury list from hell and then all the financial difficulties. I fail to see how this season can be any worse."

The landscape is far brighter now with the squad, bolstered by the recruitment of England forwards James Haskell and Tom Palmer, Welsh fly-half Stephen Jones, Italian centre Andrea Masi and South African number eight Ashley Johnson, close to full fitness.

And with former player Ken Moss ready to buy the club from current owner Steve Hayes, director of rugby Young knows fortunes must improve.

He added: "We're in a much more positive situation now, but I'm not going to make bold statements about charging up the leagues.

"We want a solid season and then build year on year."

Wasps were blighted by a staggering 17 serious injuries last season, including the unexpected retirements of Joe Worsley, Steve Thompson and Tom Rees.

All 17 players saw their season ended, entered retirement or were out for a minimum of 12 weeks. The casualty rate has forced Young to examine the methods used at Adams Park and overhaul certain areas.

"We've looked at everything that we've done. We've changed things to help, like buying new equipment and making sure the players are not on their feet as much as last year," he said.

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