Southern Hemisphere duo sign on as Brods build for season

Matty Hoyle in action against Old Crocs
Matty Hoyle in action against Old Crocs

Old Brodleians chairman Richard Turner revealed two major signings from Down Under at Sunday’s AGM in the Woodhead clubhouse.

Second-rower James Wellington from Canberra, Australia, and Sam Deacon, a centre from Petone, New Zealand have signed on for the 2013-14 Yorkshire One season.

The chairman also revealed that they had been in talks with a tight-head prop from Belgium who was keen to come over. And in another bonus statement on players he revealed that former players of note, Matty Hoyle, Matt Willis and Christus Ferneyhough were also coming back into the fold along with others.

There was a full mention of all the teams, open age, the Beavers, U17 Colts and the junior ranks and what had been achieved last season including honours. Nothing was left unturned in a six page report.

There will be a day of action on Sunday, August 11 to bring the clubhouse and grounds up to pristene condition ahead of the new season. There was special praise for David Stoyles and Russ Abbott for their continued work on the ground and various pitches.

He also thanked former hooker Martin Smith, his site manager for the construction of the Memorial Stand, and the assistance of Howard Sykes and David Harris and added that he hoped it would be open for the pre-season friendly with Pendle on, Saturday, August 24.

“Slow but purposeful progress has been maintaind on the Memorial Stand and in the past six weeks concrete terracing has been laid and the steel fabrication will be fitted over the next two weeks,” Turner told members.

The chairman also informed members that Engage Mutual executive and long time club hooker James Ogden will be heading up a revitalised commercial team to bring new revenue streams into the club.

More on that and the club’s new finance committee will be revealed in next week’s Echo Sport.