it seems Rosslyn Park scrum half Matt Heeks will not be on London Scottish head coach Simon Amor's Christmas list after firing an angry parting shot over his Athletic Ground exit.
Despite featuring in all but two of last season’s games, Heeks claims he was released without warning and much to the surprise of the club’s other coaches.
Scottish had avoided relegation from the Championship and scrum-half Heeks, who has joined Rosslyn Park of National Division One, was convinced he would be offered a new contract having trained with Scottish at the start of the close season.
However, the 24-year-old from Teddington was surprised to be dumped in a telephone call from Amor, after making 10 starts and 12 substitute appearances last season.
“The decision over renewing contracts dragged on and on until we were safe from relegation,” Heeks said.
“As far as I am concerned everything was looking good, I was training with the guys, and then it turns out I was to be released. I was really angry because it had been left so late I didn’t have
anything else sorted out.
“I was shocked when Simon rang me and said I was going to be released. I asked for a meeting because I was so angry. I feel I was treated badly and from speaking to other players and coaches they
weren’t expecting it.”
Heeks said he was told he was no longer needed because Scottish were bringing another scrum-half from London Irish on dual registration.
He said: “Alex Codling [Scottish coach] did everything he could to keep me on board at Scottish because they wanted me to stay, but ultimately it was Simon’s decision. I have no anger at the people at the club apart from Simon.
“I am bitter at Simon because of the way he did it.
“I call it bad player management.”
Heeks, who is training to become a sports mentor, said: “After being released I got on to my agent and we spoke to the London clubs.
"Rosslyn Park originally said they had sourced their scrum-half but then he ruptured his Achilles and I got the nod. It was a huge relief for me, although obviously not good for him.
“I spoke to Jan [Bonney] and they said good things about the club and the players they’ve brought in.
“I’ve been training with them and really enjoying it. I am pleased to be at Park, they want to go places and get promoted and they have the boys to do that.”
Scottish head coach Amor added: “People are naturally disappointed when they don’t get their contracts renewed.
“Matt performed well for us and he is a good young player.
“But it is the nature of the game and we cannot keep everyone on our books that we would like to.
“I wish him well because he is a good scrum-half and I think he will be excellent for Rosslyn Park.”