After the recent announcements of additions to our forward pack, Maids are ecstatic to be able to announce the joining of former Ospreys youngster, Ben Mitchell. Still only 27 years old, personal trainer Ben has been unable to commit properly to senior rugby over the last couple of seasons, featuring only on the odd occasion for Reading Abbey, but a change in circumstances means he can now play every week. Introduced to the club by number 8, Dave Cole, he follows a similar path, having played for a time in Asia, for Singapore Barbarians, and the former South West Under 18s rep is excited about playing with Cole once more;

“I came to Maids to be reunited with Coley again, who has clearly thrived in the environment over the past 2 seasons. It’s obviously a club that wants to keep improving, and I’m really excited about trying to help their bid for promotion, playing alongside a great group of lads”

Mitchell, who can play 10, 12 or 13, could almost be described as a young Will Greenwood- an intelligent rugby player, who runs excellent lines, with great communication skills, and he has caught the eye of backs coach Will Greenwood before…

“Mitchell played 10 for a relegated Reading Abbey against Maids, on the day we sealed the title a couple of years ago, and he was one of the best players on the park that day. He scored a solo try from his own half, and waltzed through our team like a knife through butter. I remember thinking what a good player he was that day, and now, after seeing him up close, I know what a good player he is. I’m delighted he’s come across, and I’m sure he’s going to be an important part of our back line for years to come”

Head Coach, Mobbs (pictured with Mitchell, above), was equally enthused about Mitchell; “The acquisition of Ben to the squad brings an experienced and talented midfielder to our ranks. His ability, both individually, ball-in-hand, and his game management and link play with others will another level to an already quality backline”.

As is always the way in rugby, we have sadly lost the services of some players this summer;

-Ryan Long, a fine servant and player at Maids sadly leaves the club to relocate to Malaysia with work.

-Perry Jansen, our talented half back was spending hours each week to get to Maidenhead, so has opted to join Sutton and Epsom in National 2, close to his home.

-Dylan Baptiste, who was commuting from Southampton 3 times a week, has joined local club Bournemouth, in National 2.

-Max Roddick, the sexiest player ever to don a Maids shirt, has relocated to North London, so cannot commit.

-Adam Lubbock has opted to retire after struggling with injuries, and work/life/rugby balance.

-Todd (Rod) Muil is foolishly off to University to sponge for 3 years, so will be joining Exeter Uni.

All these players gave 100% to the club during their time, and we wish them all the very best of luck at their new clubs, and sincerely hope they return ‘home’ to Braywick before too long.

With the departure of these key players, Maids have worked hard to bring in quality replacements, and look forward to announcing the rest of the incoming players over the course of the next few weeks.