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Plymouth Albion’s squad rebuilding is now speeding up

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PLYMOUTH Albion are expected to complete a number of new signings within the next few days.

It is understood the club, who were relegated from the Championship to National One in April, have agreed deals with at least four players in the past week, but are just waiting to receive signed contacts from them before announcing their arrivals.

One is Moseley forward Nile Dacres, while it is believed that Cornwall winger Jon Dawe and former Exeter and Cornish Pirates centre Tom Bedford have also verbally accepted offers to join Plymouth.

Director of rugby Graham Dawe admitted on Thursday that the deal with Dacres was ‘quite far along the road and hopefully will be confirmed sooner rather than later’.

Albion have so far confirmed nine players for next season – Herbie Stupple, Cameron Setter, Marc Koteczky, Dan Pullinger, James Penman, Ethan Ford, Ed Holmes, Jack Maunder and Harrison Cully.

Dawe, who is trying to rebuild a whole new squad, has already stated that he is likely to have a number of trialists in the club’s ranks when they report back for pre-season training on June 29 as he looks to put the right side together.

Meanwhile, Elliot Clements-Hill, who had an injury-hit season at Albion in 2014/15, is training with Championship side Bedford Blues.

Another player from Albion’s squad last season, Ellis Genge, who was dual-registered with the club from Bristol, will start for England in Saturday’s Junior World Cup final.


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