If you’ve been reading the Club’s Twitter feed you will no doubt be aware that Macclesfield Blues have added a few new faces to this season’s squad. Naturally we’re delighted these players with the signings. But as supporters you’ll probably want to know a little more about the signings. You’ll want information on who these new players are, where they’ve come from and what they’ll bring to the team. Well, the person best placed to answer those questions is Head Coach, Giles Heagerty. Here’s what he told Macclesfield Rugby when we caught up this week.
Who’s coming to Macclesfield Blues then?
“We’ve signed a lad called Jake Evens who’s come to us from Sedgley. He’s an exciting young player who spent some time on loan in Scotland last season playing in their Premiership. He’s quick and he’s clinical and has shaped up well so far in pre-season.”
“We’ve also signed two lads from Stockport: Jamie Anthony and Paul Mellia. Jamie’s an inside centre. He comes to us very well regarded and will bring a physical edge to our game. He’s already shown himself to have a good understanding of the game and he’s good at organising.”
“Paul’s a hooker and has shaped up very well so far. We tried to sign Paul last year, but it took him some time to make the decision to join us. Adding Paul to our squad will give us the strength in depth we need. It will be a really good contest between him and Sam Moss for the number 2 jersey.”
“We’ve also added a younger hooker from Sedgley called Brendan Berry to further add to the competition for places. We’ve now managed to assemble a really competitive squad and that has to be good for the players as well as the team. As far as hookers are concerned we’ve got Sam and Paul, Brendan, Dom Sheratte and the evergreen Fred Taylor. We’re very fortunate to have those players.”
Is Dan Lomax coming to Macclesfield?
“Yes, Dan will also be joining us. He came to us initially last season, but spent last year playing league rugby. Through a connection at Audenshaw School I heard that Dan had been released from Salford City Reds’ Academy. I heard that he wanted to have another go at union rugby, so Macclesfield was the obvious place for him. Now he’s got back into the swing of union rugby he’s playing very well. He’s got a versatility which he means he could play pretty much anywhere in the backline, although we’re working on developing him as a 10 at the moment. He’s got a great skillset as you would expect having come through a rugby league academy system. He’s worked hard to hone his core skills during his year out of union, and I have to say his distribution skills are amongst the best I’ve seen. So he’ll be a valuable addition to the squad.”
Is it true Macclesfield Blues have signed a Kiwi second row forward?
“It is true, we have signed Harrison Lewis, but he’s not a Kiwi: he’s Welsh. He has, however, been playing in New Zealand for the last 3 seasons. I coached him initially at Wilmslow, and I’ve been trying to get him over to Macclesfield for as long as I’ve been involved at the club. We’re really excited that he’s joining us. It’s the right time for Harrison to come back, and it’s the right time for us to take him on as we’ve been looking to bolster our second row. He’s a big lad and a physical lad, and I think national league rugby will suit him down to the ground. He was a good player before he went to New Zealand, but having played out there myself, I’m sure he will be even better now. He’ll be with us at the start of September.”
So are you happy with the squad you now have?
“On paper things are looking pretty good, though we’ve still got a couple of more lads we’re speaking to. Hopefully we’ll be able to get that those boxed off this week. I’m quietly excited by the prospect and can’t wait for the season to start. We’ve still got plenty of things to work on, but we’ll get some idea of how well the new players perform in a hostile environment when we take on Nuneaton next Saturday.”