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Aiden Burnett, Dan Cole and Alex Rayment sign for National League 1 side Bishop's Stortford RFC




Bishop's Stortford have given their squad a lockdown boost with the addition of three new faces.

Back-rower Aiden Burnett, hooker Alex Rayment and fly-half Dan Cole, all 22, have arrived at Silver Leys ahead of the club's fourth National League 1 campaign.

Tom Coleman said he and fellow joint head coach Marcus Cattell were still hoping to make a few more signings during the closed season.

Aiden Burnett (35028237)
Aiden Burnett (35028237)

Burnett is a Zimbabwean international and is currently back home with his family during the pandemic. He has signed from Greene King IPA Championship side Hartpury University.

"As and when we can get him over here we're looking forward to seeing what he can do," said Coleman. "We're just waiting on clarification from the Government and RFU, but we're excited about what he will bring."

Cole is also moving to Stortford from Gloucestershire-based Hartpury and will challenge Austin Pope for the No 10 shirt as George Cullen is likely to miss games due to work commitments.

Dan Cole (35028239)
Dan Cole (35028239)

"We're potentially going to be short in that area next season as George Cullen is going to be quite busy with his job," said Coleman.

"Dan got in touch with us so we did our research and liked what we saw. He can compete with Austin Pope to be the starting fly-half."

Rayment has travelled a shorter distance to join Stortford having last been playing for National League 1 derby rivals Cambridge.

"We feel he's a good acquisition," said Coleman. "We've added him to the squad because he's an aggressive ball-carrying hooker and he's versatile and can play in a couple of positions."

Alex Rayment. (35028413)
Alex Rayment. (35028413)

Coleman added: "We're very happy with the players we've got at Stortford and the young players we can bring through, but every year your squad needs strengthening.

"Last year we had 25 players unavailable through injury at one point and it will be a lot easier to have numbers so we can rest and rotate players."


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