JOEL AND TOM RETURN

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that centre Tom Griffiths and back rower Joel Conlon will both once again be heading to Goldington Road for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Griffiths, 21, was a shining light in the Blues squad which reached the Championship semi-final and was named runner-up to Josh Buggea in the Player’s Player of the Season Award at the club dinner.

Conlon, 22, made a big impact on the field during his 14 appearances with the Blues last season and was always in the think of the action despite suffering two nasty injuries during the campaign.

Speaking about the signings, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Tom made a significant impact here last season and having a player of his quality available to us again is a big boost. Joel had an excellent season with us despite a serious injury which he suffered in pre-season. He developed extremely well during the campaign and we're excited to see him really push on this time around.

"We have put together a really exciting squad, Tom and Joel know the brand of rugby that we play and I’m sure that they will once again make a huge contribution to the team.”

Originally from Gloucester and a season ticket holder at the Cherry and Whites, Griffiths  previously helped Hartbury College to win their fourth consecutive AASE title in April 2013. Starting off at fly half, he switched to centre while at school and has gone on to represent Saracens Storm throughout their A League campaign while also being called up to the England Under 20 squad.

Conlon had previously come through the Exeter Chiefs Academy with the likes of  Henry Slade and Jack Nowell. The back rower, who is never afraid to get stuck into the heart of the action, was part of England’s Under-20s title-winning teams in both the Six Nations and Junior World Championship and spent time on loan at Cornish Pirates on dual-registration from the Chiefs.

Bedford Blues are back in training and have announced two pre-season fixtures against Pontypridd - one at Sardis Road and one at Goldington Road - as well as a Friday night encounter against Premiership and European Champions Saracens. Ticket details will be available on the club website next month.

Fans also have until Thursday 30th June to take advantage of the early bird season ticket offer which can save supporters up to £84. On top of that adult season ticket holders will also get a 10% discount in the Club Shop, a free hospitality lunch at a choice of selected matches as well as the opportunity to apply for tickets to England’s Autumn International series with even greater availability this year and the following 2017 Six Nations. Season ticket holders will also be invited to attend an exclusive pre-season ‘Meet the Players’ event to get to know the boys before the season kicks off. Find out more by visiting www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

Next Home Match

Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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