RUGBY: Summer signings lift Corsham hopes
9:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
CORSHAM coach Dan Jeffries feels he may finally have found the depth and spark that he has been after after beefing up the Lacock Road squad for the club’s 50th anniversary season.
Former England youth international and county player Tim Norton is the latest recruit to Jeffries’ ranks, although the midfield ace is recovering from long-term injury and won’t be available until October.
“Tim will add a real flair to the midfield and complements the squad already in place,’’ said Jeffries.
“I have worked with Tim as a county player and he is a genuinely unique talent and one of the most naturally gifted footballers I have ever worked with.
“I am really excited to work with him again and he will bring an extra spark to the squad.’’ Norton will be joined by county prop and former club captain Steve Bailey, who returns following a year at Chippenham.
Corsham have also signed winger Jamie Shipman from local rivals Melksham, England youth international and county lock Rhys Jones, England U18 Jake Oldaker, back rower Jack Hargett, from local rivals Walcot, former Bath United and Oldfield flanker Joey Carley and centre Sean Kelly and promoted Alex Bilton from the Colts.
Jeffries, whose side go to Weymouth in their Southern Counties South opener on Saturday captained by centre Dave Finlay, added: “We have had a prosperous pre-season and the squad has developed well.We must now ensure the team gels effectively.’’
New coach Alan Low leads Royal Wootton Bassett as they kick off their Southern Counties North season away at High Wycombe.
Kevin Clancy and Taniela Delaitamana will lead Marlborough until the return of new head coach and forner Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs star Chris Budgen from Army duty in October.
Jamie Pittams captains the side in Dorset & Wilts Two North, with Jonny Mantle the vice captain.
Team boss Mike Banfield, whose side host Avonvale in their opener on Saturday, said: “We have also had a number of Colts move up to senior rugby, the first time the club has been able to do this.
“Our objective is to regain level eight status and, at the same time, try to establish a second team. This means attracting more players and getting more competition for players.’’ Sutton Benger kick off in Dorset & Witls Two North at Royal Wootton Bassett 2nd.
Chairman Ed Watson said: “We are hoping to build on last season’s strong showing with another decent season up at the top of the table.’’
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