Goodbye for now from Naps and Sean

Date: 30 June 2016

It is with regret that we announce that 1st XV Captain Andy Napier and experienced full back Sean Taylor are leaving us. Both players are moving to London with work and will be sorely missed. Preston Grasshoppers wishes them all the best in their future and hope that they will come to visit when they venture North.

Speaking about his departure Andy Napier said “It has been a really difficult decision to leave at such an exciting time for the club as I relocate down to London to pursue further career opportunities. Having been involved at Hoppers for 15 years of my life it has meant everything to me. Since walking through the doors as an 8 year old and continuing through to represent the 1st XV as a player and as Captain, knowing the history and players that have gone before me, has been an honour and a privilege. I have made some incredible memories and lifelong friends and I hope this isn’t my last involvement in the club. I would like to thank everybody for their support along the way and wish the club the very best for the future.”

'Naps' goes over for a try against Harrogate last season

‘Naps’ goes over for a try against Harrogate last season

Departing full back Sean Taylor, holder of the club’s record for most points in a season in 2012/13, commented “I would like to thank coaches and players for last season and wish them all the best of luck ahead of an exciting year for the club. Also a huge thank you to Hugh Duckworth and Bill Bailey for the opportunity to work as the club’s community coach, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and will miss all those who I have worked closely with over the past year.”

Sean scores against Fylde on Good Friday in 2014

Sean scores against Fylde on Good Friday in 2014

Speaking on both departures Director of Rugby Alan Holmes said “I was saddened by the news that we would be losing Andy and Sean, they have both been great players for the 1st XV and are positive role models within the senior set up. Andy has done a fantastic job as captain and has lead from the front week in week out, On behalf of the coaching staff and squad, I would like to thank him for his work on and off the pitch and wish him luck in his future. Sean has been a key player for us this season and he will be missed not only as a player, scoring 241 points including 10 tries, 34 conversions and 41 penalties but as an ambasador for the club working in the community and supporting the junior section. I wish Sean every luck in his future and as with Andy hope he comes back to visit”.

Both players have made huge contributions to the club in their time at Preston Grasshoppers and we wish them all the best for the future. Hopefully we’ll see them pull on the blue and white hoops at Lightfoot Green again at some time in the future. Remember lads, once a Hoppers, always a Hopper!

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