'Feathers' set to fly into Jersey16/04/2015
Prop Ben Featherstone has been confirmed as the latest addition to Jersey's squad, signing a two-year deal as the Island club build towards 2015/16.
Nicknamed 'Feathers', the 25-year-old new recruit can play on both sides of the front-row, although his preferred role is as a tight-head. He was born in Southampton and played his junior rugby for Trojans in Hampshire. He then attended Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, playing for the Hartpury XV and Cinderford and subsequently for Bournemouth. Most recently he has played for Esher in National Division One, as well as making appearances on loan with Saracens, playing in the Aviva 'A' League and the LV Cup.
"Ben is a player who comes highly recommended - what he needs now is a strong pre-season and he will then have the chance to fulfil his potential and establish himself as a Championship player," said Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon.
Featherstone's arrival comes as it was confirmed that Jersey prop Harry Williams will be leaving the club in May after agreeing to join Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
"Harry was one of the players in our plans for next season, but an opportunity has come up to play at a higher level and we have consented to his release," said Biljon. "He's played a valuable role for Jersey this season and we wish him well in the next stage of his career."
Also leaving Jersey is centre Drew Locke, who is ending a two-year stay on the Island to move to London Scottish.
"Drew has been a key player for us and has attracted interest from other clubs - this and his wish to be nearer his family have led to his decision to leave us," explained Biljon. "We'll be looking forward to crossing paths with him in the Championship next season."
Jersey have two matches left in the current Greene King IPA Championship campaign, with an away trip to Bristol tomorrow (Friday), followed by the home match against Moseley on Saturday April 25th, and the season concludes with the Siam Cup against Guernsey at St Peter on Saturday May 2nd.
/*picture courtesy of Esher Rugby*/