Redruth director of rugby Nigel Hambly is excited for the new season following a successful off-season recruitment drive, writes Ollie Young.
The Reds have bought back former players Dan Job and Sam Parsons whilst adding three talented youngsters to the squad in the form of Steele Barker, Charlie Levick and Will Trewin.
The club, who began their pre-season two weeks ago, have also recruited Cornish Pirates fly-half Javier Rojas Alvarez to combine his playing role at the Mennaye with a more permanent coaching role at the Rec. Speaking exclusively to The Indy, Hambly told of the buzz around the recruitment of the youngsters.
He said: “I must admit, the three youngsters we have signed are quality talents and, although it will take them a while to settle, the ability is there.
“Steele and Charlie both come from Penryn – Steele is a loose forward and Charlie a wing-cum-fullback – and I watched them both for Cornwall under-20’s and was impressed. They’re both very talented young men with a good future and I’m pleased they’ve decided to come here.”
Trewin, meanwhile, has just finished university in Cardiff and Hambly has previous with his family.
“I actually played with Will’s dad, John, years ago and I am really excited to have signed Will because he is very good,” he beamed.
The National League Two South side will also have a handful of familiar faces returning for the 2020/21 season whenever it begins. Sam Parsons, Dan Job, Dan Rutter and Jordan Gott will all bolster the squad after being away from the club for different reasons.
As exclusively revealed by The Indy, last week, Parsons will return to the Rec after spending time at St Austell in a playing role coupled with leading the strength and conditioning programme at the club. Hambly added: “I think Sam missed being at Redruth so we’re delighted to have him back as he looks to move into coaching too.”
Job previously left the club to help in starting Lanner rugby club and looked to re-join last season as Lanner folded.
“Dan wanted to come back last year but he was keen to play every week and at the time, we had a very strong front row,” revealed the director of rugby. “We have some real talent in those spots but he fancies that challenge so he needs to get fit and throw his hat in the ring.”
Rutter, who has been involved with the club since his teens, and Gott, who impressed during the brief appearances he made last season, are both available following commitments to the Navy. The arrival of Rojas Alvavrez softens the blow of Cornish rugby star Matt Shepherd departing the club. The outside back has re-joined National League 1 side Plymouth Albion after work and living conditions made it hard to stay at the Reds. “We have unfortunately lost Matt due to other commitments but that’s life,” lamented Hambly.
“He will be a great loss and he has been a great servant to the county and always put his heart and soul into everything and we wish him well.”
The Pirates fly-half will replace Shepherd on the coaching team in just the latest in a long line of examples that show the benefit of the relationship between the two clubs.
“Javier is excellent, he is studious and very committed and really want to improve his coaching. It it fantastic to have that link with the Pirates because it helps us but also it helps them and gives their players somewhere to come when they move towards the end of their careers and look towards coaching.”

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