Qual­ity sign­ings for the am­bi­tious Lions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by BOB FRENCH

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.

A DAY TO RE­MEM­BER: For Char­lie Pen­rose-Toms with Lawrence Dal­laglio at Twick­en­ham.

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