Maids have further bolstered their backline options, with the addition of full back/winger, Olly Foxley, from National 2 high-flyers, Redingensians. Foxley, who began his rugby at Pangbourne College, before playing at Nottingham Trent, and later Reading RFC, has been at Redingensians for the past 5 seasons, and has been an almost ever-present, in a team which has risen from mid-table in Nat 3, to within touching distance of level 3 rugby, after finishing 3rd in National 2 South this year.
Commenting on his decision to hop aboard the Maids train, Foxley (pictured in action for Redingensians below) said:
“I felt my rugby needed a refresh and I chose Maidenhead for a few reasons – firstly I think they have an ambition to play in the leagues above and with my experience, I think I can play a key role both on and off the field in helping the team progress. Secondly, as a back three player, I have the chance to play on the 4G pitch every week, which excites me, and I know Maidenhead like to play expansive and exciting rugby. Lastly, having Will involved with the club brings another level of excitement, and attraction for both players and supporters- I’m looking forward to improving as a player, and learning as much as I can from him, and the other coaches”
Maids looked on course for a top 2 finish, right up until the latter stages of last season, before key injuries and unavailability, particularly in the backline, dashed those hopes, being overtaken by Bournemouth, who clinched the playoff spot, unfortunately being defeated away to Guernsey. Following on from the signing of Niall Crosley last week, Head Coach Russell Bolton is clearly determined to correct the errors of the previous campaign, and he was clearly ecstatic to be able to add Foxley into his backline armory:
“I’m delighted to be able to welcome Olly to the club. We identified early on that our back three was an area where we wanted to improve both the quality and our strength in depth and as soon as we heard of Olly’s interest it was a no brainer to try and bring him in. We were aware of Olly’s talents through some of the joint work we have done with Redingensians over the past couple of seasons and having spoken to their coach Seb Reynolds he couldn’t speak higher of Olly’s character and competitive nature. I think Olly will fit in well with what we hope will be a highly competitive backline next season that compliments the power and set piece accuracy that our forwards currently offer.”
Backs coach Will Greenwood added:
“I’m over the moon that Olly has elected to join Maidenhead, from such a great club like Redingensians- it’s a hugely positive sign that a player of his calibre has chosen to come down the road, and we can’t wait to get stuck into training, and hopefully learn a little from him. From the joint training sessions with ‘Ensians last year, we know Olly has great footwork, and his pace will certainly complement our backline, especially on our 4G pitch at Braywick. We’re very excited with this addition, which no doubt adds quality and depth to our squad.”
Foxley is the 2nd new signing announced at Braywick this summer, with further news of a couple more additions to be released over the coming weeks.
Everyone is delighted to welcome Olly, and his family to Braywick, and we look forward to him becoming a key part of (hopefully) a very successful campaign next year.