Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Dawe hopeful of adding to his squad before Jersey match

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PLYMOUTH Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe expects to add to his squad before their opening pre-season match at Jersey in two weeks’ time.

Albion have so far confirmed 22 players for next term, although the club do have a host of young and navy players training with them.

But with the Jersey away fixture coming up on August 8, other new signings are expected to be confirmed shortly.

“Hopefully, there will be more players arriving,” admitted Dawe.

“The club would like to add at least another back five forward to the mix.”

As reported at the start of July, Dawe is in talks with French back-rower Gregory Sebastien, but he would not be available until after the league season starts due to commitments back at home, while the club are also waiting to see if a South Africa forward can obtain the necessary paperwork to move to Brickfields. Former captain and last year’s player-coach Rhys Oakley, who broke his leg at the end of last season, is also believed to be still in the area.

Dawe, meanwhile, says all the young players training with Albion at the moment understand that they may not all be signed.

George de Mendonca, Jordan Shakespeare, Ben Hawley, Luke Mingo, Matt Hanford, Ross Crang, Tom Williams, Danny Goldstone, Curtis Reynolds, Chris Farrell, Ben Stean, Jim Massey, Tom Brown, Mark Grubb, Jack Rouse, Seti Raumakita and Jarrard Hayler are among those training.

“All the players understand the situation,” he said. “Some will keep their registrations with their local clubs, but others we might sign straight away.

“Some things might happen for some pretty soon, but others it might take a month or so and for some might take a year, but cream will rise to the top with hard work.”


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