QUARTET SIGN FOR 2014/15
The rebuilding process at Goldington Road continues to gather pace as Bedford Blues confirm the capture of four further players for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has signed two more props - James Currie from Leeds and Tom Williams from Leicester Lions - while fly half Steffan Jones joins from Newport Gwent Dragons and back rower Daryl Dyer makes the move from near neighbours Ampthill.
Currie, 24, has a wealth of experience having come through the Bath Academy before moving to Cornish Pirates where he caught the attention of Worcester Warriors who soon snapped him up. Premiership starts were tough to come by so Currie, who represented England at U15, U16 and U18 levels, made a loan switch to Leeds before signing permanently at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
Promising fly half Jones joins the Blues on a season long loan from the Dragons where he came through the developmental ranks. Initially, Steffan was brought in on a dual contract with Cross Keys and the Dragons but impressed during the 2010/2011 Premiership season when he made 24 starts and one substitute appearance for the Keys and scored over 300 points.
Dyer and Williams both join the Blues on short term contracts. Dyer, who came through the Blues Academy before moving to Northampton Saints, is a powerful youngster who stands at an imposing 6ft 6ins tall and weighs in at 16 and a half stone and has also played rugby for Cambridge and most recently Ampthill. Williams, 26, also came through the Blues Academy and captained the side that won the National Colts KO Cup against Redruth at Franklin’s Gardens in May 2007 – in the same side were Chris Locke, Courtney Lawes, Will Chudley and Duncan Taylor. Williams steps up to the Championship following a number of seasons with Leicester Lions where he was highly regarded for his strength and impressive scrummaging.
Speaking about the latest signings, Rayer said: "I am thrilled that we have been able to attract such an array of talent to Goldington Road and I believe that we are putting together a very exciting squad who will be fighting at the right end of the Championship and in the knock out stages of the British & Irish Cup next season.
"There is plenty more work to do over the coming weeks to finalise the squad for next season and the Chairman and I are working hard to ensure that everything is in place and that the lads have the correct preparation over the summer so we hit the ground running."