As part of the club’s philosophy to be at the forefront of developing rugby talent in Birmingham Adam Balding is pleased to confirm the Senior Academy players for the 2022/23 season.
With a number of players continuing from last season, and exciting new additions the future of senior rugby at the club is looking very promising.
In the backline wing Jamal Gask-Clarke scorer of the supporters “club try of the season” and centre Ollie Jones, both who were prominent in Mosley Oak’s promotion campaign last season are joined by Portuguese fly half Goncalo Costa.
Up front loose head Prop Jamie Constantine and back row Jack English will be looking to build off a unique development season in 2021/22 which saw them undertake a loan period at ACS Tomitanii in Constanta, Romania. Hooker Akron Rayworth-Brooks, who was selected for the Midlands U20 squad along with Jack, is joined in the front row by versatile Joe Farmer a product of Wasps Academy who has played both prop and second row to date. Completing the Academy intake is back row Ollie Southgate who so impressed for Oak last season that he won the award of player of the year.
As Senior Academy players they will train with the 1st XV squad, while playing rugby with Moseley Oak or on loan to other local clubs, with the aim of breaking into the 1st XV match day squad during the season.
Director of Rugby Adam Balding said “The Senior Academy players are a great group to work with. All of them are committed, enthusiastic and are the future of this club. I look forward to seeing how they take the next step in their careers this season and hope more players will look to follow in their footsteps.”