Club reveals first signings for 2014/1510/04/2014
Jersey RFC have announced four players who will be part of the club's 2014/15 squad. The two new faces and two members of the current squad are the first pieces in the Island side's squad for next season, with further announcements expected in the coming weeks.
Jersey-born full-back Jack Burroughs is rewarded with a new contract after breaking into the team this season. After a handful of British & Irish Cup appearances earlier in the season, Burroughs made his league debut at Moseley just before Christmas and has played in every game since, scoring four tries, including a memorable winning score against Nottingham in February with the last move of the game (pictured below by Sue Trower).
Sam Lockwood will become a permanent part of the Islanders' squad next season after three months on loan from Greene King IPA Championship rivals Leeds Carnegie. The loosehead prop, who celebrated his 26th birthday this week, has made six appearances for Jersey since making his debut against Bristol at the start of February.
Both the new faces are also front row players. Loosehead prop Ben Rogers, 21, will move to the Island from Plymouth Albion. He has made more than 30 league and cup appearances during his two years with Albion, and was previously on the books at Exeter Chiefs.
Danny Herriott, who joins Jersey from Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints, can play both loosehead and tighthead prop. The 21-year-old was part of the England Under 20 squad for the 2013 Six Nations, and has this season been playing as a dual-registered player with Loughborough Students in SSE National One.
"I'm really pleased that the squad for next season is taking shape," said Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "The majority of the pieces should be in place by the end of April, and we will make further announcements during the rest of the month.
"Jack Burroughs has gone from strength to strength and earned the good run he's had in the number 15 shirt during the second half of the season, and Sam Lockwood has also impressed and provided genuine competition in our front row during his time here. We will also look forward to the arrival of Danny and Ben - two impressive young players who I'm sure will be looking to taking the next steps in their career and help the club to a successful 2014/15 campaign."
The current Jersey squad are currently preparing for the final four games of 2013/14 - a tough trip to play-off contenders London Welsh this weekend, the last home match of the season on 19th April, when London Scottish visit St Peter (ko 2pm) and then a league trip to Bedford and the Siam Cup in Guernsey.