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Nine youngsters signed into Senior Academy

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Six of the nine have played England age group rugby, while eight have played Wanderers rugby in the black, green and gold already.

Reece Marshall (hooker/England U18/Moulton College), Harry Morley (prop/England U16/Moulton College), Jordan Onojaife (lock/England U18/Stowe School), Sam Harry (flanker/RGS Colchester), Lewis Hall (scrum-half/Norwich School), Sam Olver (fly half/England U19/Oundle School), Howard Packman (wing/England U18/Moulton College) and Josh Skelcey (wing/England U18/Moulton College) will join the squad at Franklin's Gardens once their academic commitments have been completed.

Hooker Matt Williams has signed a full-time contract after spending the last few months on trial, and Harry Betts will be hoping to follow suit, the Oakham School back rower also coming into the squad on a trial basis.

There will be 17 players in the Saints Senior Academy next season, with Tom Collins (wing), Alex Day (scrum-half), Ryan Glynn (scrum-half), Danny Herriott (prop), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (prop), Will Hooley (fly half), Adam Parkins (prop) and Tom Warren (prop) all being retained by the club.

Flanker Teimana Harrison, centre Tom Stephenson and prop Ethan Waller will all be joining the Saints first team squad. Meanwhile, despite playing for Moseley in the Championship next season, lock Alex Woolford will remain a familiar face during the week as he continues to train at Franklin's Gardens.

Academy coach Mark Hopley is excited by the Senior Academy squad which has been put together for 2013/14.

"We're seeing the quality of players coming through the Academy system increase year after year, and the nine players who are coming in have all earned their place in the full-time squad," he commented. "They've worked hard on their rugby and on their physical conditioning, and once they have finished their school commitments we are confident that they will be able to make their mark at Franklin's Gardens.

"Next season we will continue to expand our Academy playing programme, both in terms of more matches for teams from the Saints but also in giving the youngsters the opportunity to become dual registered with Moseley in The Championship and a number of teams in National League One.

"Inevitably there are some lads who will be disappointed that they are leaving. They have all contributed to the squad over the past few months, and we wish them well for the future."

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