As we move into an important stage of the season for the senior squad, their have been a number of changes in personnel with three additions and two departures within the ranks.
Returning to the club after a short time away, second row John Wells has re-signed after a stint with neighbours Fylde and made his first appearance in last weekend’s 2nd XV win over the men from the Woodlands. Also joining the ranks is prop Daniel Madden who returns to the game after a period out with injury. Dan had also previously been a player at Fylde and is now undertaking a period of conditioning work as he prepares for a return to action. Completing the trio of incomings is wing or full back Chris Tod who joins from Rugby League. Chris is from the Wigan area and is a cross code convert who has featured in the club’s second XV in the last few games.
On the outgoing front the club are sad to say goodbye to Mark Phillips and Andy Napier. Irish second rower Phillips has returned to his native Northern Ireland to take up a job opportunity whilst back rower Napier has also found employment just around the corner in Sydney, Australia!
Speaking on the changes to the squad Gareth Dyer said “We are delighted that Wellsy has chosen to return to the club. He is a Preston lad who came through the clubs mini junior section and it is great to see a home bred product returning to the senior squad. We are delighted to welcome Dan and Chris to Lightfoot Green. Both players are eager to get involved and have shown up well in training. We are looking forward to them both pressing for a place within our starting line ups and their arrival with John will give us a boost as we approach an important time of the season”.
On the departures Dyer added “We wish Mark and Napes the very best. Both have moved on to further their careers and whilst we are sad to see them go we are delighted that they have been granted such opportunities. They have both impressed during their time with the club and they are both welcome back at Hoppers at any time”.
Speaking on the squad overall Dyer stated “We are happy with the make up of the squad and the strength in depth we have. It is a long season and with some big games coming up its reassuring that we have selection options. We have already used over 40 players in the 1st XV match squads so far this season and I’m sure the number will increase as the season progresses. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of further additions to the squad between now and the end of February when the registration window closes as we are always keen to welcome new players into the club”.