Next onboard the Maids train, is the imposing figure of “Big Sam” Hallett, who joins the club, from local rivals Reading Abbey. Hallett, the Abbey, and also Berkshire skipper, adds some much needed muscle to the Maids forwards, and will pack down at lock, behind an already much-beefed up front row.

Hallett is a player known well to Head Coach Russell Bolton, who said of the new signing;

“I’m delighted that the opportunity to bring Sam to the club presented itself to us. Having had him as my captain at Reading Abbey during my two years at the club I know exactly what he can bring to the team both on and off the field. As a player he is a big threatening ball carrier who will get us over the tackle line and create opportunities for those around him. He has a deceptive turn of pace and a good range of handling skills which will help him fit seamlessly into our style of rugby. He is also an excellent technician at the front of the lineout which along with his scrummaging strength will help us to achieve our aim of having one of the best set piece games in the league. Similarly to our other signings this season his character played a major role in why we wanted him at the club. As the current Berkshire captain Sam is someone that has the ability to lead through his actions but also to engage with the players on a personal level. His desire to return to a higher level of rugby and test himself is a testament to his attitude and I know that as a club we are well set up to help him thrive in this environment and help him develop as a player. As with all our other signings this summer it will be exciting to see how our current crop of talented players respond to the challenge of new arrivals and it is my hope that it will encourage them to work even harder in developing their game.”

Dom Birch is rumoured to have put down a deposit on a new boat, in anticipation of increased bar takings through Sam’s arrival, which ties in nicely with his new pricing strategy of £8 a pint, and £1 per use of the upstairs toilets, whilst forwards coach Mark ‘Badger’ Bates is so happy with the new additions to his pack, he gave Prinny a headbutt and then updated his Tinder profile.

In both games against Maidenhead last season, and in previous fixtures whilst representing Redingensians, his former club, Hallett has proved a thorn in Maids’ side, with his destructive ball-carrying regularly putting defences on the back-foot. It’s no surprise that other clubs were in for Hallett, but fortunately for us, he’s opted to play in magenta- he had this to say about joining:

“Having played against Maids last year, I loved the playing style and feel I can absolutely add some grunt up front. Personally for me, I want to prove myself in National 3, and I feel this team is the way to do that. Tremendous facilities, coaching, and from what I’ve seen, decent lads, all went towards my decision. I’m very much looking forward to my initiation away to Camborne, and confident that the other new signings won’t be able to keep up.

We look forward to welcoming Sam and his family to Braywick, and we’re confident he’ll make a big impact at the club.

Further new signings are due to be announced over the next month, so keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Come on you Maids!