Drew Cheshire set to sign for Gloucester RFC but still available for Luctonians (From Hereford Times)
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Drew Cheshire set to sign for Gloucester RFC but still available for Luctonians
WINGER Drew Cheshire will be available for Luctonians’ National League Two North curtain-raiser against Hull this Saturday.
Cheshire is poised to sign a contract with Gloucester and will feature in their Aviva Premiership ‘A’ League team.
And, with ‘A’ League fixtures taking place in the week, Luctonians’ should retain the services of Cheshire, their leading try-scorer last term.
“Gloucester have offered Drew an academy-type contract and he will be dual registered with us,” explained Luctonians’ director of rugby, Alex Davidson.
“I don’t think Drew has signed it yet so he will probably be a Luctonians player in his own right on Saturday.
“He came to watch our game at Lydney last weekend and was very much part of the dressing room.”
Davidson added: “Drew has spoken to our new backs coach Jimmy Norris about our moves.”
Davidson and new head coach Stuart Bemand will be missing this weekend’s opener at Mortimer Park due to a wedding in Kingsland.
Bemand is the best man at the wedding of Gareth Higgs, the son of Andrew Higgs, the late Luctonians stalwart.
Former head coach Viv Wooley, now the coach co-ordinator at Mortimer Park, will be returning to the technical area for the game.
Davidson said he was ‘80 per cent happy’ with Luctonians’ performance in a narrow 18-17 warm-up defeat at Lydney last Saturday.
Luctonians led 17-0 after a strong first-half display but Lydney fought back in the second period.
“We are 80 per cent happy with what we saw - we would like to have won and we put out a strong side for the first-half,” admitted Davidson.
“We made changes after the break to have a look at people and we just came up just short.”
Davidson said Will Burton wore the number 10 jersey and controlled the game in the opening 40 minutes.
Paul Hulland and Alex Rumsey were among the Luctonians try-scorers.
Davidson is looking forward to Saturday’s opening clash and is expecting Chris Jaques to replace him.
“Tom Dines is taking his rugby very seriously and we could start Tom in the second row with Chris,” said Davidson.
Former Cornish Pirates back-row Adam Clayton suffered swelling on a knee after the Lydney match but hopes to be fit.
But Adam Knight is struggling through injury and prop Richard Jones is around three weeks away from a return.
“Chris Harris is still awaiting the results of his CT scan and Alex James has a long-term injury and he will be out for at least another four months,” added Davidson.
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