FOUR MORE SIGN ON FOR 2017/18
Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that a further four members of the current squad have put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road next season.
Back rower Ben Adams, lock Will Carrick-Smith, scrum half Jordan Burns and centre Ollie Dodge have all signed new contracts with the Blues for the 2017/18 Championship season joining Ben Cooper and Michael Le Bourgeois who signed again last month.
Speaking about the new deals, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "It’s great news for the club that these four lads have signed new deals. They all been very consistent and durable in what they’ve produced this season. Will is getting better and better as the season goes on, Ben has now adjusted to the physicality of the Championship, Jordi has once again lit up our attacking play and there is more to come from him. And Dodgey, well what can you say, he just keeps delivering exactly what it says on the tin!
"We want to retain our best players at Goldington Road while adding some real quality to the squad to ensure that we are competitive next season. No one is happy with our current position and we want to put together a squad that will be pushing at the top end of the table next season."
Adams, 26, is a former Australians Sevens star who joined the Blues last season from near neighbours Cambridge. A strong ball carrier who is also hugely effective at the breakdown, Adams quickly established himself as a firm favourite at Goldington Road giving nothing less than 100 per cent. Ben previously represented Queensland and Australian Schoolboys before moving on to Sunnybank Dragons in Queensland Premier Rugby. He also has a strong sporting pedigree, with his father having played Rugby for Taranaki in New Zealand’s provincial competition, and his mother having previously represented Australia in Touch Football.
Carrick-Smith, 24, was the first Blues signing for the 2016/17 season having agreed a move from fellow Championship side London Scottish. The second row star - who stands at an impressive 6ft 11ins and tips the scales at 130kg - had one season at the Exiles having previously gained Premiership experience with Exeter Chiefs.
Burns, 23, who signed from Harlequins in summer 2015, has been in superb form once again this season and added plenty of pace to the already speedy back line. He may have started life as a winger and once racked up an impressive time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 metres, but he has truly converted into a quick-thinking scrum half who is more than happy to set up tries as well as finish them off.
It's hard to believe that it is 11 years since Dodge, 29, first walked through the gates of Goldington Road on loan from Leicester Tigers. That loan became a permanent move in 2008 and Ollie has remained an integral part of the Bedford Blues machine ever since. The winger-come-centre represented England at Under 19 and Under 20 levels, following in the footsteps of his England, Lions and Leicester centre father Paul. Ollie continues to be a battering ram of a player, proving a threat in both attack and defence.