Boden commits to future in Jersey


Jersey RFC have received a boost to start 2015 with the announcement that Assistant Coach Steve Boden has signed a new contract with the club extending until summer 2017.

"This is great news for us and means Steve will continue the major contribution he makes as we move into the second half of the current season and prepare for the future," said Chairman Bill Dempsey. "With Harvey Biljon starting his second full season as Head Coach in 2015/16, we will have very strong foundations for strengthening the club's position in the Greene King IPA Championship."

"The first half of 2014/15 has been another challenging period for the club, and it is creditable to have achieved a solid mid-table placing as we start the New Year. While we have one eye on the future, the priority is to build on what we have achieved so far this season and register more league wins in order to consolidate our position."

S Boden

Boden, 32, (pictured above) came to Jersey in 2012 after spells with Leeds and Doncaster in his native Yorkshire. His career as a combative hooker was ended by injury midway through his first season on the Island, but he has since taken on a coaching role and took temporary charge of the Jersey squad at the end of 2013 prior to the appointment of Biljon in January 2014.

"I'm really pleased to be staying with Jersey," Boden said. "I think Harvey and I have worked well together as a coaching team - we have the same approach in many respects, but we also challenge each other and he's helped me improve as a coach."

Harvey Biljon added: "Steve and I have a good relationship and he has played a big part in shaping the team in being competitive on the field and developing the right culture off the field. I'm looking forward to continuing this work together as we build for the future."

The JRFC coaching team will have a new Strength & Conditioning Coach for 2015 following the departure of Jake Aliker, who is leaving his role to take up new position with the Toro Rosso Formula One team.

J Aiker

Aliker (pictured above) is to act as personal trainer for Max Verstappen, the Dutch driver who at 17 is set to become the youngest-ever F1 Grand Prix driver when the 2015 season commences in March.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I couldn't turn down," Aliker said. "But it was a difficult decision - I've become very attached to Jersey over the past two-and-a-half years. I was very lucky to get the chance to come here straight after finishing my internship in London, and it's been a great experience for me to work with the Jersey squad at the start of the club's time in the Championship."

Bill Dempsey commented: "It's disappointing to be losing Jake, but he has a great opportunity to take his career in a new direction. He has played a key role in ensuring our players have been in the right condition to play competitive Championship rugby and he goes with our thanks for everything he's done and best wishes for the future."

Dempsey added that the club anticipate signing a new Strength & Conditioning Coach in the coming weeks.

Jersey play their first game of 2015 tomorrow away to Cornish Pirates. The Islanders' opening home game of the new year will come a week later when league leaders Bristol are the visitors to St Peter on Saturday January 10th (kick-off 3pm).

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