New contracts confirmed in 2015/16 plans


The Jersey RFC squad for next season is taking shape, with the club announcing that nine players have signed new deals, meaning they will be back at St Peter in June when pre-season conditioning ahead of the 2015/16 campaign begins.

Lock Nick Campbell, back-row man Nick Haining and hooker Joe Buckle - who has switched to the front row from flanker this season - have signed two-year contracts stretching until May 2017, while new one-year deals have been agreed with another six players: Argentine front-row duo Ignacio Lancuba and Martin Garcia-Veiga, locks Dave Markham and Pierce Phillips, fly-half Aaron Penberthy and three-quarter Mark McCrea.

Those players whose new deals have been announced this week will be joined in next season's squad by Club Captain Alex Rae, who signed a new contract in January covering the next two seasons, and six players whose existing deals run until May 2016: props Sam Lockwood, Harry Williams and Danny Herriott, plus backs Lewis Robling, Fautua Otto and Jack Burroughs.

"We've been working hard to shape the core of next season's squad while at the same time retaining our focus on the current campaign, which includes another five important league games," said Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "Discussions are continuing with some of our existing players, but it's inevitable that there will be a summer turnover of players, with a number of new signings and others who will be moving on."

"I'm very pleased with the progress that we've made so far," Biljon added. "The aim is to make Jersey an established Championship club and we are lining up the personnel we need to achieve this goal."

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