Five Blues players sign new deals

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Five players including captain James Pritchard have put pen-to-paper on new deals for next year’s Bedford Blues Championship campaign.

With a tough game against Rotherham this weekend followed by a two-legged semi-final and possibly more after that, Bedford Blues have moved quickly to re-sign club captain James Pritchard, centre Brendan Burke, flanker Darren Fox, prop Ben Cooper and scrum half Ali Price.

Pritchard, who it is fair to say loves playing at Goldington Road and has been in spectacular form this season, has committed his future to the club for a further two years. Having taken over the captain’s armband two seasons ago, the Canadian international has been a proven leader who installs confidence throughout the club and natural guides his fellow players.

Fox, who joined the Blues from Cambridge in January, has also penned a two year deal. The former Northampton Saint has been in splendid form since moving up from National Division One and has picked up several man-of-the-match awards along the way.

Burke, who scored against the Cornish Pirates last weekend, is something of a Bedford stalwart who continues to impress whenever he pulls on the jersey and gives nothing less than 100 per cent whether it be in defence or attack.

Cooper, who joined Fox in making the move from Cambridge earlier in the year, has seamlessly made the transaction into the Blues squad and continues to develop well under the tutelage of Martin Hynes and Matt Volland who see a bright future for the youngster.

Making the step up from the Bedford Academy is teenager Ali Price who has been training with the first team throughout the season. Price also made a huge impression last weekend when he played a starring role for Saracens as they won the Melrose Sevens tournament beating Jedforest in the final with the Blues scrum half crossing the whitewash twice.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “I’ve been very impressed with the entire squad this season and reaching the Championship semi-finals with two games to spare shows just how important it is that we retain as many of our best players as possible if we want to progress as a team.

“I’m delighted that Pritch, Foxy, Brendan, Ben and Ali have all committed themselves to us and I hope that we can announce some more signings soon.”