Bedford Blues have confirmed the signing of Academy scrum half Kieran Duffin until the end of the season.
Duffin, 19, joined the Blues Academy from Wasps at the end of the 2012/13 season and firmly established himself in the Academy squad where he captained the team on several occasions during the campaign.
His hard work paid off as he caught the eye of Bedford Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer, over the summer months when he trained with the senior squad.
Having come through the ranks at Milton Keynes, Kieran enjoyed pre-season with the Blues and has spent the past few weeks on loan with Ampthill Rugby Club.
Speaking about Duffin, Rayer said: “Kieran has worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months and it is important that he keeps developing. That is why at present, he is on loan with Ampthill gaining valuable experience through playing.
“Our relationship with Ampthill continues to flourish and we are grateful to them for their assistance and feedback.
“Kieran will continue to provide cover for our other two number 9s, Darryl Veenendaal and Pete White, who, incidentally, also came through our Academy. Denis (Ormesher) and his staff continue to do an unbelievable job for the club and deserve all the credit they get.”
Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher added: “We are absolutely delighted for Kieran who had a great year last season in the Academy squad, and was always keen to learn and do that bit extra to improve himself.
“As a result of his positive attitude and obvious ability he was invited to train with the Blues post Christmas and through the summer, and he has taken advantage of the opportunity.
“Kieran thoroughly deserves his contract, and is a great example to any young player that hard work pays off. It is also further good news for the Blues Academy following the recent announcement that former Academy player Aaron Morris has once again been included in the England U20 squad.”