New signings add depth and power to Maidenhead RFC's title-winning squad

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Maidenhead RFC assistant coach Will Greenwood (second from left) with signings (from left) Andy Darlington, Sam Angell and Mark Darlington

 

Russell Bolton has added power to his title-winning squad as he looks to beef up Maidenhead RFC for life in a more semi-professional standard of rugby next season.

Learning the lessons of the recent past which have seen Maids immediately relegated following promotions, head coach Bolton has recruited three players from National League 2 South club Chinnor.

Brothers Andy and Mark Darlington have put pen to paper, as has centre Sam Angell, adding experience, depth and competition to Maids’ expanding squad.

Bolton is confident that he is on the right tracks to building a group of players who can do more than just tread water in the South West Premier (formerly National 3 South), and he’s pleased with the first batch of signings.

“I am delighted that Sam Angell has chosen to join,” he said.

“As a lifelong Chinnor player I know it has been a tough decision for him to make but I am pleased that he sees the potential in what we are looking to achieve.

“As a player he will provide competition in the centres where we now have excellent depth and will challenge Rorie Hannigan, Ed Keohane and Christoph Bart for a starting place. Sam’s ability to switch seamlessly into the No.10 role means we have acquired not only someone who has the potential to get us consistently over the tackle line, but also a player who is comfortable on the ball and will bring other players into the game around him.”

The Darlington brothers, Andy (tighthead prop) and Mark (hooker) are originally from Fylde RFC and have represented the Dutch national team after qualifying on a residency basis having played professionally in Holland.

Bolton said they were the ‘right characters to fit into the squad’, adding: “From a rugby point of view we know that we need greater strength in depth in our front row.

“A better league means more physicality, more injuries and we need a group of players that can ensure we win set piece ball and offer themselves around the park.”

More signings are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

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