The next member of the Maidenhead Galacticos is now confirmed! The club are extremely pleased that Sam Angell (pictured above with Will Greenwood and fellow new signings, Mark and Andy Darlington) has opted to follow Andy and Mark into the magenta of Maids, from Chinnor. Angell’s introduction back into the Chinnor 1st XV last season (15/16), when they were sitting rock bottom of National 2, sparked a remarkable upsurge in form, which saw them finish an impressive 6th place. Angell is a ball-playing centre, with a big boot and big defence, who is equally at home in the number 10 shirt, and will provide the scintillating Maids backline with even more quality and depth.
Commenting on his decision to come aboard the Maids train, Sam said:
“I am really excited to be joining Maidenhead! After speaking with coaches and players their ambitions, ideas and culture is something that was well aligned with what I am looking for. The club as a whole has a great feel and with the added challenge of National 3 next year it is going to be an exciting season ahead!”
Sam was one of a few key players that were recognised early in the recruitment process, and after several conversations and meetings, Head Coach Russell Bolton, and DoR Tony Brooks, were left with little doubt, that Sam would be a great asset to the team, both on the pitch, but just as importantly, off the pitch- the social side, the training paddock and around the club.
Bolton is clearly delighted with the latest acquisition, and says of Sam:
“I am delighted that Sam Angell has chosen to join Maidenhead RFC. As a lifelong Chinnor player I know it has been a tough decision for him to make but I am pleased that he sees the potential in what we are looking to achieve and we are excited about him playing a big part in our future. As a player he will provide competition in the centres where we now have excellent depth and will challenge Rorie Hannigan, Ed Keohane and Christoph Bart for a starting place. This along with some promising talent in our 2nd XV and the expected return of Jon Heron we feel we are well placed to be highly competitive in the midfield in the South West Premier Division. Sam’s ability to switch seamlessly into the number 10 role means we have acquired not only someone who has the potential to get us consistently over the tackle line but also a player who is comfortable on the ball and will bring other players into the game around him. This fits with the brand of rugby that we intend to continue playing and we look forward to Sam’s contribution and ideas on how we can continue to improve in this area. Off the field he has excellent character and will fit seamlessly into our tight knit squad. I know that the chance to be a part of genuine rugby club with a strong bond between the players and a real connection with the supporters was key to Sam’s decision and I am delighted that Maidenhead RFC ticked those boxes for him. This signing only adds to the excitement for me and the coaches to get to work in pre-season and see what this squad is capable of achieving.”
There are exciting times ahead for Maids, with at least a couple more signings imminent, as well as the additions to the senior squad of some ex-Colts, and young players returning from university. Pre-season officially commences on July 4th, but the squad is already working hard, meeting once a week at Windsor Crossfit.
Preparation for life in the league above has started well, but the club are under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead, especially after their experience at level 5 last time round. There is however, a steely edge to this squad, and a determination that Maids won’t be there simply to make up the numbers.
Keep an eye out for further news and signings in the coming weeks… #bleedmagenta