Blues trio sign new deals

Dan Seal
Dan Seal

BEDFORD Blues have announced that three more players – Mark Kohler, Ian Vass and Dan Seal – have signed new deals to keep them at Goldington Road.

The news means that 22 members of last season’s squad have signed up for another term at Goldington Road whilst four new squad members – Tom Armes, Ben Gulliver, Mark Atkinson and Darren Fearn – have also joined the Road club.

Winger Mark Kohler, 22, had an impressive first season with Bedford Blues despite suffering an injury which disrupted his stake for a regular first team place.

Regardless of that, the former Canadian Under 20 star put in some huge performances - particularly against Cornish Pirates in the play offs – to show the coaches exactly what he is capable of.

Ian Vass, 30, showed just how valuable he is to Bedford when he came on as a replacement in the semi-final second leg against London Welsh and swung the game in the Blues favour.

Capable of playing in the centre, fly half or scrum half, the former Northampton Saints, Harlequins and Stade Francais man provides a wealth of experience to the Blues squad.

Prop Dan Seal, 32, endured a frustrating 2011/12 season which saw him start as one of the first names on the team sheet only for suspension and neck injury to rule him out of action since January.

Speaking about the re-signings, Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “It was always important for me to keep the majority of this squad together and I’m delighted that we have been able to do so before the season has officially ended.

“We are still tying up a couple of loose ends with regards to signings so hopefully by next week we will have the squad complete. Our pre-season plans are well underway so we are in good shape really.

“There will be a couple of trialist joining us over the summer along with several members of the Academy cup winning squad, so as we head into the off season I genuinely feel we are in a good position and I am really looking forward to us being a competitive force in the Championship.”