ONOJAIFE RETURNS AND WORTHINGTON STAYS

The season may be over but Bedford Blues have continued their preparations for the new campaign with two more names added to the squad list.

Making a very welcome return to Goldington Road will be second rower Jordan Onojaife while Huw Worthington has put pen-to-paper on a new deal to remain a Blues player in 2019/20.

Speaking about the signings, Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer said: “It's brilliant news we have both Jordan and Huw signed up for next season. Jordan’s all round game is perfectly suited to our style of play while Huw’s had a tremendous season with the physicality he has brought.

“Jordan’s a very promising player who contributed massively to our 2017/18 campaign while still at Northampton Saints. We were certainly sad to see him head to Ealing Trailfinders at the end of that season but are delighted that he’s back with us. He is a very talented young man who will fit back into the squad without any problems at all.

“Huw has been the definition of a wrecking ball since he joined us at the end of 2017 from RGC 1404's and he’s really gone from strength-to-strength. Everyone can see that he’s a big lad who loves throwing himself into every challenge and we’re all delighted that he’ll continue doing that with us again next season.”

Onojaife, 23, spent five seasons at Franklin’s Gardens, featuring for their first team on a number of occasions as well as being a crucial figure in their A League side. His family originally moved to Dubai when he was 13 and was in the Middle East that he started playing rugby at Jumeirah College. On his return to the UK, Jordan joined the Northampton Saints Academy and moved through the ranks, most notably as a member of their Aviva Premiership winning squad in 2014. Before his first stint at Bedford, Jordan also featured on loan for Rotherham and Moseley as well as playing for England Under 18s and Under 20s before heading to Vallis Way last summer.

Worthington moved to Bedford midway through the 2017/18 Championship season and so impressive were the former RGC 1404's number 8s appearances that he was re-signed for the following campaign. The 24 year old had been an integral part of the RGC team which was battling for the top spot in the Welsh Principality Premiership and had attracted attention from a number of Championship clubs, but it was Bedford that he chose and he quickly immersed himself into the Blues way of life making his debut in the British & Irish Cup clash with Munster A. Worthington, who has featured for the Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Northampton and Scarlets, is a powerhouse of a unit from Penybontfwar who combined playing rugby with a being a farmer before making the move to Goldington Road.

Jordan and Huw join new signings Sam Leeming (Hartpury), Grayson Hart (London Scottish), Robbie Smith (Glasgow Warriors), Joe Wrafter (Birmingham Moseley), Joe Atkinson (Wasps), Scott Jenkins (Scarlets), Dan Temm (Yorkshire Carnegie) and Matt Worley (Northampton Saints) at Goldington Road next season while Ed Coulson, Pat Tapley, Will Hooley, Jacob Fields, Will Carrick-Smith, Ed Taylor, Josh Buggea, Dean Adamson, Oli Curry, Lewis Robling, James Lennon, Ryan Hutler, Rich Lane, Alex Penny and Sean McCarthy have all agreed new deals to remain at the club.

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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