Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club sign Jake Spivey from Blackheath
Jake Spivey believes Bishop's Stortford is the perfect club for him to show exactly what he can do at National League 1 level.
The 20-year-old scrum-half has arrived from league rivals Blackheath, where he was restricted to just four appearances in his first season with the club in 2018-19.
Spivey, who can also play full-back, moved to Blackheath after enjoying an excellent first campaign with Westcliff, where he returned to for loan spells last term.
Although the Londoners were keen to keep him, Spivey heard lots of good things about the Silver Leys club after speaking to friends, including Stortford's Harrison King, and is already delighted to have made the switch.
"I played my first season of men's rugby the season before last for Westcliff where I grew up playing," said Spivey, who began discussions with Andy Long after the Stortford director of rugby was sent videos of him playing by Westcliff coach John Rudd.
"I had a pretty good take-off season and a few clubs were in contact with me, Blackheath being one of them.
"My college coach knew the Blackheath coach and they decided to sign me. I played one season there but didn't get much game time and got loaned back and forward to Westcliff.
"Blackheath is a good club but it just didn't really suit me too much. They wanted to extend my contract, but I spoke to my friend Harrison and he said going to Stortford was the best move he'd done going from Loughborough.
"I'm settling in and the boys are all great. I'm really enjoying it and really happy I've made the move.
"I've played with six or seven of the boys in previous years and everyone has been so welcoming. I've got a good vibe straight away."
When not playing rugby, Spivey is on an apprenticeship scheme as an insurance underwriter with London firm Omnyy having studied business and finance at college.
And the scrum-half, who lives in Rayleigh, is looking forward to helping Stortford improve on last season's mid-table finish.
"The squad definitely looks very promising and quite a few new lads have been brought in. I feel we can push on," said Spivey, who is sponsored by Hanbury Wealth.
"It's exciting and I think that starting our pre-season early might mean we can get ahead of the game."