01:00PM, Tuesday 23 July 2019
Sam Curran – photo credit Maidenhead RFC.
Maidenhead Rugby club have enjoyed a busy July period as they got no fewer than four new faces in at Braywick Park as well as continuing their hard work in pre-season.
Front row options Sam Curran and Dan Hostetler joined the club in mid-July before former Ospreys youngster Ben Mitchell signed on alongside Chris Campbell last week.
The signings bring a wealth of experience and exuberance to the Maids line-up as head coach David Mobbs-Smith looks for more options as the time ticks towards the seasons start.
Curran, former Wasps academy player, joins former Marlow amd USA u20 player Hostelter as new options for the Maids’ front-row and the new head coach is pleased to have both players at the club.
“I’m really pleased to be able to add Sam to our list of front row options,” Mobbs-Smith said on the clubs website.
“The front row is such a combative place, that there are always going to be injuries, requiring replacements.
“I am very happy I’ve been able to add young Dan to our armoury, and with Mark Darlington in our squad, there could not be a better player for him to learn off.”
Not content with just two signings Mobbs-Smith added Mitchell and Campbell to the ranks last week.
Mitchell, who can play at 10,12 or 13, will be a versatile cog in the Maidenhead team, and after joining from relegated Reading Abbey will already know what to expect in a tough league. Campbell played alongside Maids flanker Will Macaulay at National One side Darlington Mowden Park, and will bolster the sides forward options as well as adding experience to the lineout.
“The acquisition of Ben ( Mitchell) to the squad brings an experienced and talented midfielder to our ranks,” added Mobbs-Smith.
“Chris joining Maids has given the forward pack a lift, both in his aerial ability at line-out, and his strong running lines in support. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action, in our upcoming preseason friendlies”.
Alongside the signings Maids also announced that Ryan Long, Perry Jansen , Dylan Baptiste and Max Roddick all departed the club.
Maidenhead kick off their warm-up games against Beaconsfield in early August before they travel to face National Two side Barnes on August 17.
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