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SOUTHEND SAXONS remain busy ahead of their return to London 1 North action with three fresh faces arriving at Warners Bridge.
Director of Rugby, Josh Ward, hasn’t stood still amidst the lockdown as he looks to build a squad capable of a promotion push come the new campaign.
Danny Higgins arrives from Woodford. The 25-year-old offers versatility and has gleaned a wealth of experience along the way, having also represented Brentwood, Colchester, Ealing and Trailfinders U23s.
And Higgins was delighted to climb on board with the Seasiders: After speaking to Josh about Southend’s plans and the way they do things it really interested me,” he enthused.
“We spoke a lot about what the goal was for the new season and how I could play a role in it. I liked the large coaching team and professional set up, it felt like a good fit! I’m excited to be involved going forwards.”
Ward certainly knew what he is getting in the player, adding: “We’re really pleased Danny is joining our group.
“He’s a versatile player with plenty of potential. He’s got a great attitude to learn and I’m confident under our staff and alongside our squad, we can help Danny reach his full potential.”
Back at Warners Bridge after a two-year stint with Romford is Jack Macveigh. Adding strength to the backs as well as offering character and the potential to develop, Macveigh insisted he had made the right move at the right time: “I’m returning to play good competitive rugby at a great club,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to fighting for promotion and playing alongside mates made during my last stint at the club.
“The club is special to me and I’ve got unfinished business here. I’m looking forward to developing my game further in a great environment that has been developed during the time I’ve been away.”
Meanwhile, Ward believed he had added some real quality with the signing, adding: “Jacks return is brilliant news. He knows the club and a lot of the group already which will help with his transition, but importantly his attitude to develop his game is something I’m looking forward to seeing over the coming seasons. I’m really excited to see him back at Warners Bridge.”
Bolstering tye Back Row is former Winchester man, Steve Walker, who recently relocated to the area.
On linking up with the Saxons, Walker said: “I want to step it up a gear and challenge myself. I’m 23 now and have played for Barkers Butts in Coventry, Warwickshire U18’s, Winchester Rugby Club and captained the University of Winchester 1st XV.
Southend is a big club and having moved to the area recently, I spoke to some people I know locally, did some research and realised Southend RFC was one of two big clubs in the area but due to the history and environment they foster, I chose to continue my rugby journey here.”
Ward was delighted to add further experience to the group, stating: “We’re looking forward to having Steven involved with the group. He’s keen to progress his playing career and be part of something special, it’s a good match.”