BIRMINGHAM Moseley Rugby have bolstered their squad with the announcement of four further signings for next season.
In the second row Maidstone born George Oram joins from Rotherham having played for England Counties and Blackheath.
Moseley have been seeking a big ball carrying specialist to partner Greg Charlton and Oram with his 6ft 4”, 18st 12lb frame and proven ball handling skills fits the brief exactly.
Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs, is renowned for spotting young talent then mentoring and coaching them to achieve at the highest level of the game, his newest signing is the latest example of this philosophy.
Birmingham-born Sam Shepherd, a 21 year old centre/fly half, joins from Bromsgrove having previously played for Hartpury College and Nottingham Trent University.
At 6ft 3in and 16st 5lb he is a strong running player who will be challenging for a starting pairing with Greg King.
Joining George and Sam is another player identified as having the potential and desire to succeed in National One. Bolstering the front row highly rated prop Matthew Probert joins from National 3 outfit Scunthorpe RFC.
With the experience of forwards coach Louis Deacon behind him, Maggsy is sure that Matt will make a big impression in this league. Still young for a prop forward at 23 6ft 2in 21st 1lb Probert will be a match for any competing front row.
The fourth player to be announced is a winger whose name will be familiar to Birmingham Moseley Supporters, Ed Sheldon.
Ed joined the club from Thornbury at the start of last season but was seriously injured in a warm up game which kept him out for the whole of the season.
Although his name will be well known he might not be so recognisable from his appearance. Over the season he has sported an impressive ZZ Top style beard which will no doubt encourage some friendly banter from his team mates and supporters.
Gloucestershire U20 player Ed has got real pace which was clearly evident in the pre-season game against Ebbw Vale. Now fully fit he is looking forward to establishing himself in the starting XV.