Fair play to London Welsh for giving it a good crack in the Aviva Premiership this year with limited resources.
The players and coaching staff can be proud of what they achieved and they were not relegated by Christmas, as most pundits predicted before the season started.
They will not, however, find it easy to get straight back up from the Championship next season.
There is usually a rebuilding process to do when you come down a division with a few people leaving the club.
Lyn Jones has already shown he is more than equipped to deal with that part of the job.
But the Exiles will find a Championship that has improved a lot since they were last in it.
Take out runaway leaders Newcastle, and you only have to look at how close the league has been this season to realise the competitive nature of the country’s second tier.
There is very little between the top four that have qualified for the play-offs and there should be some cracking games in the two-legged affairs between ourselves and Bedford and Newcastle and Leeds. It makes for some interesting betting.
Below that, there were some really big clubs who didn’t make the post-season this year like Bristol and the Cornish Pirates.
That is another example of just how difficult it has been to do well this season.
Doncaster got relegated but we only just beat them 16-14 after a really tough struggle at their place in January.
That typified this season. If you are not on the money each week, you lose, it’s as easy as that.
Away from the pitch, it’s reaching that time when I need to get my wedding suit sorted for my summer nuptuals.
I would quite happily get wed in a denim suit to be honest but I don’t think Mrs Jackson-to-be would be too impressed.
Infact, ask any of my team mates at Nottingham and they would tell you that I am one of the scruffiest blokes at the club.
I have to admit that I feel most comfortable in tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie.
The trouble is, they don’t go down too well at probably the most formal occasion of your life, do they?
Wish me luck.
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