CRUFC announce player retention and one key new signing for 2014/15
Rowland says, “Building on the foundations we have worked hard to set this year is key. We have a great young squad, including 14 players under 20 years old. Many of these are playing their first full season of adult rugby - regulars like Ben Brownlie, Calum Miller, Jamal Ford-Robinson, and Ben Penfold are all in key positions.
We are now familiar with most of the teams in National Two South, the away trips, the referees, and, most importantly, we now know each other. So, retaining the core of the squad was an important target.
Calum Miller, Ben Brownlie, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Will Allard, Martin Wolfenden, Gareth Baxter, Rob Conquest, Gareth McComb, Ollie Marriott, Steve Hipwell, and Simon Johnson have all re-signed in the pack. They will be joined by backs Ross Kevan, Jack Green, James Ayrton, Mike Ayrton, Albert Portsmouth and Mike Gillick. We will be re-signing more players over the next fortnight.
When recruiting we have looked to add players who bring experience and quality to the key positions. “
Returning to the club at scrum half will be Stefan Liebenberg, who has joined from Old Albanians:
“Stefan brings quality and leadership to the side, his experience will be vital for the young players of the squad and will help us step up next season. Since he left the club over 4 years ago he has developed his game with OAs in Nat 1, and in the Championship with Bedford Blues, and he joins as the current England Counties scrum-half.
Stefan's signing has attracted other experienced players to join and has helped to retain the key players at the club. We will be announcing more signings over the next few weeks.”
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