(from l to r, James Parrott, Ross Muil, Tom Stileman, Christoph Bart, Jaryd Robinson)
After recent news of the addition of 4 new players to Braywick, Maids are very excited to release details of players who are returning to the club, after spells away through injury or University…
*Jaryd Robinson- after a shoulder operation in the summer, our very own ‘Rocketman’, should be back in action from September, after missing the whole of our previous campaign through injury. Arguably the quickest player in the National Leagues, Robinson is a defender’s nightmare, and Head Coach Dave Mobbs-Smith, will look forward to unleashing Robinson, at the earliest opportunity.
*Christoph Bart- another one who returns to the club after a lengthy lay off. Bart wrecked his knee with 2 games to go in our title-winning campaign of 16/17, against Oxford Harlequins. Since then, he has had 2 operations, but to the delight of all involved with Maids RFC, was discharged by his surgeon 2 weeks ago. He is now back in training, and will hopefully be back on the pitch in December.
*Ross Muil- cousin of legendary Rod Muil, and brother of Todd, Ross is another former Maids Colt, who was also a mainstay in the league-winning campaign. Ross has been at Leeds Met Uni for the previous 2 seasons, but finds himself on a local work placement this season, so will be back in a Maids shirt this year, smashing fly halves and running over defenders for fun.
*Tom Stileman- the England Students winger was contracted with Wasps last year, and although he has one more year with Oxford University, his schedule this season should enable him to play for Maidenhead, his home town club, more regularly this campaign.
*James Parrott- another former Maids Colt, James has returned to his home club, after a spell with Henley. He joins up with Dad, Ed Parrott, who is part of the coaching set up at Braywick.
*Jack Hill- the talented scrum half suffered a nasty back injury last year, so didn’t feature for Maids, but prior to that, was a mainstay in the 1st XV, despite his tender age. He is now nearing full fitness, and is looking forward to donning the magenta shirt again.
*Charlie Thomas- another one returning home after University. Charlie played his formative years at lock, but has recently transitioned to the front row. Weighing in at 130kgs+, he has all the minerals to be a first class tighthead at the club, for years to come.
*Joel Greene- son of club legend Allan Greene, young Joel is back at the club after spending time away with work. His new job means he lives locally again, and the combative back row youngster will be hoping to make an impression on the new Head Coach.
*Phil Wells- part of the National Colts Cup winning team of 2018, he is back at Braywick after moving away for his apprenticeship last year. Another talented youngster, who is the son of a former 1st XV stalwart, Andy Wells, Phil is a destructive 2nd row, who has impressed in training already with his energy and commitment.
New Head Coach, David Mobbs-Smith had this to say about his crop of returnees: “It’s always great to get new faces in the door, and I’m delighted with the 4 new additions that have come in, but to get returning Maids players, all of whom (except Jaryd) are products of the superb youth system here at Braywick, is absolutely priceless. These guys are all ‘Maids lads’, and fit into our culture and ethos, which is something that really attracted me to the club, when I first interviewed for the job. We have added some unbelievable quality and depth to the squad this summer already, and I’m seriously excited for the potential of this talented group.”
On the topic of the Maidenhead youth system, a huge congratulations must go to Joe Keohane and Michael Dykes, who have both been selected by Jim Mallinder, for the England under 18 squad to tour South Africa. Best of luck boys, we are all very proud of you!