Honiton RFC make double signing

PUBLISHED: 15:04 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:44 10 December 2015

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Honiton coach Callum Hill is impressed with what he has found on his return to Allhallows, writes Steve Birley.

Hill says: “Since I have been away, a period of roughly two years, the changes are so evident. It was not the happiest of camps previously, but all that has really changed and I find the club now in what looks to be a very good place. There’s a real buzz about the club and what I find so pleasing is that many of the youngsters have now matured into fine players and I am very happy that I now have a squad that I can certainly work with.

Previously there was a nucleus of good youngsters coming through the ranks and they have stuck with it and developed into terrific prospects. I am really looking forward to working with them.”

Hill is determined to give youth a chance and says: “Rugby has changed and now, if your good enough you are old enough. Age is no longer an issue and I have found, since coming back, that there is a very genuine, honest and hard working bunch of players seemingly hungry for success.

I am not one to make bold statements about how we’ll do this and that, but what I can tell the Honiton supporters is that they will get a team that is working for the same cause and, if we were not to achieve the targets I set then it certainly will not be for the want of trying!”

Hill has signed two players in the past week bringing in Joe Briggs to help him with the coaching and also to play outside-centre.

Briggs has made the move from Sidmouth and the other latest new face is utility front-row player Isaac Dalton who has moved from Exmouth.

Coach Hill says: “Isaac (Dalton) is a very powerful and mobile prop forward who will bring a lot to the squad. In the case of Joe (Briggs), who is joining us from Sidmouth, he’s incoming with a double brief as he will also be my assistant coach at Allhallows.

He was a Daily Mail Cup winner with Exeter College and has a strong rugby league background. He is a powerful, direct runner and I am delighted that we have secured his signature and am sure he’ll be a huge asset both on and off the pitch.”

The pre-season schedule so far has seen the players working on fitness.

Hill says: “We have had a three or four intensive sessions on fitness, but now the balls have come out and we are working on the rugby side of things. Then attitude of the players is first class. Things are going well.”

The Lacemen play their first pre-season game on Saturday, August 15 when they host Crewkerne on a day that will also see the club stage a Beer Festival with three live bands playing including the popular ‘ Sweet Black Angels’.

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