Quality signings for the ambitious Lions
PETERBOROUGHLionshave made three big signings as they prepare to launch their bid for a promotion-winning campaign.
They just missed out last season in Midlands Division Two East (South) in the English Clubs Championship and ambitious chairman Andy Moore is determined to make it happen next time round.
“This club means business,” he said. “We’re not just looking to go up one level - we want to be a National League club and I won’t rest until we achieve it. We have a fantastic captain for next season in Pete Kolakowski and he’s attracting quality players to the club.”
Two of the latest signings - broth- ers Paul and Chris Humphrey - certainly have that.
Scrum-half Paul joins from top city side Borough, who play their rugby two divisions above the Lions. He’s only 22 but has a wealth of experience including two seasons playing for the Borough first team in National League Division Three (Midlands) and he also represented Eastern Counties in the County Championship. He also spent a year in New Zealand playing a good standard of rugby with North Shore.
His elder brother Chris (24) has an even better pedigree. A former England Under 18 Schools captain, he then joined the Leicester Tigers Academy before also spending time in New Zealand, where he played for North Harbour Under 20s. Upon his return he played for Cambridge and Rugby Lions and at the end of last season was in the Warwickshire county side. He can play anywhere in the back row.
The third newcomer is Alan O’Connor (36) and he’s a powerful centre as well as being a top coach. He coached the national Prison Service team and was head coach for the Civil Service squad.
“Just like Pete Kolakowski these new signings could all play at a higher level. But they believe in our ambitions and want to be part of the success story,” added Moore.
“They all see National League rugby for the Lions as achievable and this is just a start. More signings will follow and we have exciting developments in the pipeline off the pitch too. These are exciting times for the Lions.”
Moore quit his post as Hunts and Peterborough chairman last week to concentrate all his efforts on the Lions and he was succeeded by Thorney president Stuart Lloyd.
Lions secretary Mike Marjoram also stood down as Hunts and Peterborough secretary and Paul Smith from Thorney takes over.
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