Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Albion add three more players to their squad ahead of pre-season

Dean Squire Devon U20s

PLYMOUTH Albion will report back for pre-season training today with three more additions to their ranks.

As expected, Exmouth full-back Dan Powell, Brixham utility back Dean Squire and Cinderford back-row forward George Mills have penned deals at Brickfields.

Devon Under-20 player Squire (pictured top) is the grandson of Albion stalwart Vince Jones and recently earned Wales Student honours.

The former Ivybridge Community College student can play centre, wing, full-back and even fly-half.

“I really want to test myself at a higher level of rugby and Brixham have been very supportive about my move to Plymouth,” said 20-year-old Squire.

“I really enjoyed my two seasons at Brixham so have obviously worked closely with Dan Parkes.”

Powell, 19, caught the eye of Exeter Chiefs and Bristol last season where he helped Exmouth to promotion to National Two South.

It is believed Exeter will continue to follow his progress at Albion. As well as full-back, he can also play scrum-half, fly-half and centre.

“I’m an ambitious rugby player and although still young I want to play at the highest level I can,” said the Sidmouth-born back, who featured for Devon in this year’s County Championship.

“I know Albion’s new head coach Dan Parkes through playing for Devon and he believes I have the ability to play National One rugby.”

Devon-born Mills will boost Albion’s options at the back of the scrum even more. They already have Herbie Stupple, Nile Dacres, Dave Fisher, Cameron Thompson, Dan Williams, Dan Collier and Todd Prisk signed up.

Mills featured in every single match for relegated Cinderford last season, starting 29 of them and coming on as a replacement in the other.

The 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons at Cinderford, where he was vice-captain, and before that had two years at Hartpury College.

He has nearly 100 National League appearances to his name.

Mills, originally from Ashburton, said: “After a number of years away I have decided to move back to Devon and I’m delighted to have the chance to be involved in the new set up at Plymouth.

“Albion have traditionally had a big, heavy pack and I very much want to part of a team that has the potential to do really well next season.”

Albion are expected to announce further arrivals in the coming days, but it is also expected that a some of last year’s squad whose futures have yet to be confirmed will not report for training with the club today.

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