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Shelford stint did Diss' Todd Wishart the world of good

After his return to Diss was confirmed last week, Todd Wishart believes he is an improved player from the one that departed the club a couple of years ago.

The local lad joined the Blues at the age of eight and worked his way up through the ranks before going on to play for the first team.

However, in 2018 he took the decision to link up with higher-league Shelford, who last season competed in London 1 North following the previous campaign’s relegation.

Rugby - Norwich RFC v Diss RFC...Todd Wishart. (36112678)
Rugby - Norwich RFC v Diss RFC...Todd Wishart. (36112678)

It was a move designed to enhance the 25-year-old’s understanding of the game, and he is confident it did the job.

“I spent two seasons at Shelford and it was brilliant. I cannot fault anything about the club,” said the centre.

“I have improved massively and it has done wonders for me, both as a player and a person.

“I am more confident and my tactical awareness has really improved from playing at a higher level.

“There is a lot more emphasis on defence at that level. There are some big guys that can really shift, so you have to be more aware.”

Despite the Cambridgeshire side plying their trade a division higher, Wishart felt the time was right to head back to the familiar surroundings of Mackenders.

He missed the social side of things, but is also of the opinion he has rejoined a team well on their way to banishing the memories of a torrid 2018/19 season when they finished bottom of the pile.

“A few things have changed on a personal level and I missed the social side of the club,” added Wishart.

“The higher you go, the more travelling that is involved and it was a bit much at times.

“I also wanted to play with lads that I know well. I have grown up with a lot of the players at Diss – they’re my mates.

“I wouldn’t change the time I was at Shelford because I have seen a lot of improvement, but it is the right time to go back.

“From what I have seen so far, Diss are definitely heading in the right direction again.

“The structure is good and the right people are on board.

“It is tough to move forward, both mentally and physically, from a season like they had, but the signs are they are doing it. There is a real buzz at the moment.”

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