It’s been a strange couple of months and recruitment has been slower than normal for this time of year, but today we are introducing / reintroducing 2 new members of the back division at Warmer’s Bridge!

We have midfield reinforcement in the shape of Danny Higgins, formerly of Brentwood, Colchester Ealing Trailfinders U23s and latterly of Woodford, via a little time playing abroad, the 25-year-old midfielder with the pace and ability to also play in the back 3 will add some needed depth and flexibility to the Saxon midfield and is looking to make one of the Central midfield slots his own whilst learning from stalwart Chris Vaughan.

On signing for the club, Danny had this to say; “after speaking to Josh about Southend’s plans and the way they do things it really interested me. 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.”

Similarly, DoR Ward has this to say; “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.”

Next up – we have a familiar face returning to the bridge after a couple of years away, Jack Macveigh is re-joining the squad from Romford where he has been for the past 2 seasons after his breakthrough season in the Saxons. Jack is a back three player and someone again with age on his side, potential to develop and also someone we know well, is of the right character for us and the rest of the boys remember him well and love him.

On re-signing for the club, Jack had this to say; “I’m returning to play good competitive rugby at a great club. Looking forward to fighting for promotion and playing alongside my mates that made during my last stint at the club. The club is special to me and I’ve got unfinished business there and looking forward to developing my game further in the great environment that has been developed here in the time I’ve been away”.

Josh Ward, who was a new coach at Southend when Jack broke into the Saxons the first time round, had this to say about the welcome return of a young clubman; “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”.

Last but not least sees an addition to the Back Row. Steve Walker, formerly of Winchester RFC joins us after relocating to the area for work and after making an assessment of the various clubs available to him, decided that Warners Bridge was going to be his new Rugby Home.

On signing for the club, Walker had this to say; “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”.

On the new addition, Ward had this to say; “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.”

Look out for more news in the coming days and week regarding return to play in a covid compliant way! 

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