Wizards make eight new signings

24 May 2014

Aberavon RFC Logo Black webAberavon RFC has signed eight new players to strengthen the pack for next season.

They are:

Former Pontypridd, Cardiff and Cardiff Blues prop forward Ryan Harford.

He said: “A lot of people I have spoke to said how great a club Aberavon is with a great togetherness on and off the field which means so much to me as a player. As well as this Aberavon has always been a tough place to come and play and next year I would like to continue this as a goal of mine as well as bringing experience to the front row to aid in the development of younger players at the same time.”

Second row brothers Sam Williams from the Ospreys and brother Simon Williams from Llantrisant RFC.

Sam said: “I’m really happy to have signed for Aberavon. After 2 very tough years struggling with a reoccurring injury I’m excited to get back on the playing field. I’ve enjoyed my time at the Ospreys but injuries prevented me progressing, so I’m really looking forward to getting back playing and fighting for the playing jersey with the Wizards. Aberavon are a family club with great supporters and I’ve made a lot of good friends here which made my decision very easy.”

Simon added: “After playing most of my rugby with Llantrisant and a short stint with Pontypridd I was delighted to get the opportunity to sign with Aberavon. The club has a proud history and great supporters and I can’t wait to get my opportunity to put that jersey on.”

Ben Davies from Tata Steel RFC.  Ben has experience of playing in the premiership for Neath RFC and Swansea, and featured for the Wizards in the game against Carmarthen Quins and played a part in keeping the Wizards in the premiership.

Ben commented “Being part of the game against the Quins was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my rugby career! It was a massive honour to be partly entrusted with the future of the club.”

Flyer Jay Baker from Cwmavon RFC.

He said: “My time at Cwmavon RFC has been great for me. I had two and a half seasons there where the coach’s ball in play running game strategy suited me down to a tee and the supporters were great. My second season at Cwmavon was when I had the call from Aberavon, this was soon damped by injury so I then returned to regain full fitness at Cwmavon and the treatment from everyone at the club was exceptional and they have played a big part in my career which I’m very thankful for.”

Back row forward Rob Dudley Jones from Swansea RFC.  Rob has international experience with the Wales U20s as well as being a player who has experience with his former club Swansea in the Welsh premiership and will bring that experience with him as well as extra competition to the Wizards back row.

He said: “I’m looking forward to pre season training and getting to know the boys. There’s good competition for places in the back row and I’m ready to challenge for my place in the Red and Black shirt. Hopefully the season holds good things for both me and the club.”

Centre Darren Ryan who join from premiership rivals Cardiff. Darren is a crowd favourite and has played for the Wizards over 138 times scoring 113 points and featured for Aberavon five times this season whilst on loan from Cardiff and was one of the players who contributed to the Wizards staying up.

He said: “this is my home! I love Aberavon, the people involved and the supporters are fantastic! I have lots of friends here and can’t wait to challenge for my place in the famous Red and Black shirt.”

Centre Luke Ford who joins from Cardiff. Luke is the son of former Cardiff and Wales winger Steve Ford.

Luke is an attacking pacey centre who has featured for Wales U19, U20s and the Cardiff Blues U20s and will bring a dynamic edge to the midfield.

Luke said: “I am delighted to be joining Aberavon and can’t wait to meet up with the boys for a good summer getting to know everyone and putting in the work ready for the new season come September. I have heard that it’s a great club with great supporters and a family atmosphere.”



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