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DIRECTOR OF RUGBY, Josh Ward, continued cementing the futures of his talented Southend Saxons squad, with the Warners Bridge outfit announcing that another two players have agreed to extend their stay with the London One North club.
Relative newcomer, Liam Bass, and Tom Mowle put pen to paper – handing Ward a tremendous boost ahead of Saturday’s huge clash with Brentwood.
On tying Bass to an extended deal, Ward enthused: ““Bassy has been a great addition to the group. He knows the club well through his family and to see the progress he has made in such a short space of time is incredibly promising. He sums up the type of character we want in our group, he brings great energy and is a favourite amongst the boys.
“He has the abrasive edge of an old school prop with the ability to play the way we want to play when he has the ball. It’ll be great to see him continue his development over the coming seasons.”
The player was pleased to have sorted his future, adding: “Since joining the club, the lads have been excellent, really welcoming, warm and easy to take part in everything.
“It’s a really great atmosphere down here right now, I had some mates here already but the important thing for me was the right environment and somewhere I’d enjoy training and playing.
“I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season, pushing on to get time in the Saxons and then my long term future at the club.”
Mowle’s new deal also delighted the Saxons chief, who said: “Tom is a true club man, someone respected by all of the squad, recognised by most of the wider supporters of the club and someone who we are looking forward to seeing continue developing here at Southend. His skill set has expanded both in a playing capacity and leadership role.
“He has made his Saxons debut already this season, a reward for the progress he has made over the past 18 months, there’s a lot more to come from Tom, he knows that too which is great. I’m delighted he’ll be at Warner’s Bridge for the foreseeable future.”
Mowle became the ninth member of the squad to commit his future to the Saxons: “I joined the club with little ambition to play for the Saxons, I had mates at the cub, hadn’t played for a few years and just wanted to play.
“I’ve journeyed through all of the social sides the club puts out, I’ve lived and loved every social going and gathered a lot of stories along the way.
“Once Josh came in and we started to see club guys genuinely given opportunities my ambitions changed, my mates were getting game time with the Saxons and although I’m not the best player, I want to do the best I can do for the club.
“I have loved every minute at Southend so far, and loving the added responsibility in the Priors this season wearing the armband.”