AMBTIOUS plans for the future of New Brighton Rugby Club have been unveiled today.

The man behind the vision and the dream will be a familiar face, former professional player Alastair Saverimutto who has long been regarded as one of sport's finest and innovative administrators.

Fittingly, it is almost 20 years ago to the day that Saverimutto was orchestrating New Brighton's climb to RFU National League Two promotion with a play-off against a celebrated Gloucestershire team.

With match attendances in excess of 1,500 week on week and a junior Wirral Rugby Academy which hosted and beat Premiership Teams including Leicester, Bath and Worcester the future looked bright back in 2002 before New Brighton fell on hard times.

However, the former Everton FC executive has set his sights on returning the club to a position of prominence.

He said: "Wirral has always been a hotbed of rugby union and has produced numerous international players over the years.

"In my opinion there is no question that the region does deserve to have a Premiership Team.

"Caldy's incredible achievements over a sustained number of years has proved that the potential - and the support - is there; they are most definitely flying the flag high for our Wirral Peninsula".

Saverimutto has set-out a ten-year plan which, if successful, would see New Brighton again competing at the highest level.

"Bite-sized year-on-year goals will be key with the on-field focus leading the way” he said.

"Winning rugby matches in the here and now will be my sole aim with a strategic handle on the development of the club’s flourishing junior section as they move into junior colts and senior rugby.

"Player development both on and off the field with player speed, power, strength and fitness will underpin the club’s future successes."

The recruitment of new, talented marquee players has already started and Saverimutto will be announcing these signings on the club’s website and social media in due course.

Discussions have also begun about securing a new Club sponsor.

A club spokesman said: "The club has a long and proud history and has every intention of regaining its strong foothold in the game at local and national levels.

"Alastair Saverimutto was in the driving seat when we reached the heights of level two play-offs back in 2002, the highest league ranking ever for the club, and we see no reason why that can't happen again!

"The club is often described as "A Sleeping Giant" and it is, but it’s awakening, it’s renaissance is going to happen now!”

Saverimutto, who lives in Wallasey and who was the guiding light behind the highly-acclaimed World Elite Sports Performance Academy, is no stranger to challenges and with a CV which includes International and Premier League Chief Executive sporting positions and athlete programmes which have produced numerous junior sporting internationals over the past decade.