Bedford Blues have continued their preparations for the 2017/18 season with two new signings along with the retention of three members of the current squad.

Making their way to Goldington Road next season will be Ealing Trailfinders prop Alex Penny along with Wasps hooker George Edgson, who had been on loan with the Blues this season. Remaining with Bedford next season will be this season's top try scorer Dean Adamson, fullback Elliot Clements-Hill and back rower Justin Blanchet.

Speaking about the new signings and retained players, Blues Director of Ruby Mike Rayer said: "It is a pleasure to be able to welcome Alex and George to Goldington Road for the 2017/18 season. Alex has plenty of Championship experience behind him and has always gone really well against us . George knows us very well from his time on loan and has demonstrated what a talented player he is with a huge future ahead of him.

“It is also great to have secured Dean, Elliot and Justin’s services for another Championship season. All three have made huge contributions throughout the campaign and are very much a part of the future of the club. We have a lot of work to do before next season begins and everyone is excited about what lies ahead.”

Penny, 29, is an uncompromising tighthead prop who has England Under 16 honours and made a huge impact for Henley Hawks before securing a move to Ealing Trailfinders. While at Vallis Way, he played 24 times and scored two tries in his debut season and helped the west London club secure promotion to the Championship. Penny has remained an integral cog in the Ealing machine and will bring a wealth of experience with him when he joins his new team mates over the summer.

Impressive young hooker Edgson, 21, will make his season long loan from Wasps a permanent move for the coming campaign. Standing at six feet one inch tall and weighing in at 109kg, the former England Under 18 hooker put in some huge performances for the Blues before a knee injury - picked up while playing for Wasps - sadly ruled him out for the remainder of the season. But Bedford saw enough in those first few months and Edgson, who previously gained Championship experience at Rotherham Titans as well as turning out for Blackheath, will be champing at the bit to get back out on the field and show everyone what they've been missing out on.

Flying winger Adamson, 23, joined Bedford Blues at the beginning of the 2014/15 season after a successful period at Ampthill Rugby Club saw him notch up an impressive 22 tries making him the most prolific try scorer in National Two South.  The Bedford boy, who came through the Blues Academy, was on trial with Bedford and played in pre-season friendlies before heading back to Dillingham Park. A permanent move came during the summer of 2014 and Adamson seized the opportunity with both hands and really proved what a special talent he is. Adamson has truly come into his element over the past three season and he has proven what a pivotal cog he is in the Blues machine, not only with his tries – he has crossed the whitewash ten times in the Championship this campaign - but also with his defensive efforts and support play which has helped his team mates get on the scoresheet.

Full back Clements-Hill, 23, who can also play on the wing or in the centres, has enjoyed spells with Oaklands College, Bedford Blues Academy, Saracens Academy and Plymouth Albion, but really impressed during his time at Ampthill. He spent time on trial with the Blues in the summer of 2015 before returning to Dillingham Park, but an impressive campaign for the A’s in which he racked up an incredible 229 points has secured a move to Goldington Road. With a monster boot, plenty of pace and an infectious eagerness to impress, Clements-Hill has fought hard throughout his Blues career and is looking to continue his development next season.

French-Canadian Blanchet, 23, is preparing for his third season with the Blues having joined in 2015 from Premiership side Exeter Chiefs. Having completed a degree in Economics at Exeter, Blanchet made his debut for the Chiefs against London Welsh in the LV=Cup in 2012. Standing at 6ft 4 and tipping the scales at 16 stone, the Montreal native’s impressive displays of rugby saw him training with the England Under 20 squad, gaining him the reputation of a hard tackling back rower. While at the Blues he has continued to develop his talents and has become a hard-hitting tackler who can play on either side of the scrum.


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Saturday 18th August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road