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SOUTHEND SAXONS continue to cement their immediate future on the playing side with the announcement that another two of their talented squad have signed new contracts at Warners Bridge.
Rory Inwood and Dan Read are the latest pair to put pen to paper as Director of Rugby, Josh Ward, shapes his playing staff ahead of a push for promotion during the second half of the campaign.
“Securing Rory for the foreseeable future is excellent news,” Ward explained.
“He made his debut in men’s rugby just 18 months ago and slotted straight in. He has a wonderful ability to read the game and execute a wide variety of different skills.
“He spent time at Saracens Academy which has given him a great platform to work from as he continues to develop. He’s going to be a really important part of our group going forwards and under our coaching staff’s guidance I think Rory will continue to progress as an exciting player.”
Inwood was equally enthusiastic, adding: “It’s a pleasure to be extending my contract with Southend.
“As a club, we have the ambition to get back into the national leagues where a club with our history should be. I’m still young and developing, the players, coaching staff and backroom staff have been nothing but supportive and a joy to work alongside. These are some of the main reasons for signing on the dotted line.”
Read has signed a long-term deal at Warners Bridge, much to the delight of Ward: “Ready is a highly thought of member of our group,” he said.
“He works unbelievably hard both on the training pitch and on a Saturday whilst demonstrating our core values on a weekly basis. Since coming in he has developed both technically and tactically which has dramatically improved his playing ability, this is complemented with his want to improve mind-set.
“Ready will be a key character we want to continue driving this project forward over the coming seasons. His commitment to the club is wonderful news.”
And Read was pleased to get the deal done, adding: “It’s really exciting to be committing my future to Southend Rugby Club. In the three years, I’ve been at Southend, the club culture has gone from strength to strength.
“On the pitch, my first season didn’t finish the way we would have liked, but we are now in a strong position with a good group on and off the pitch to push for promotion and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”