Cockles land former Chief Aldred
PUBLISHED: 09:45 16 June 2011
EXMOUTH have signed Stuart Alred and the former Exeter Chiefs player is looking forward to putting his boots back on for the Cockles next season, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
The 27-year-old last played three years ago, hanging up his boots after spending the season on loan from the Chiefs at Launceston. Alred last played for the Imperial Ground side three years ago and hung his boots.
The fly-half retained an involvement tin the game through the kicking business he runs with Tony Yapp – Alred Yapp Kicking Coaching.
After the pair ran a session in Bristol earlier this year, Aldred decided he wanted to give playing another go.
Then, a conversation between Yapp and Ex mouth Head Coach, Richard Hill – who coached Alred when he was at Launceston – led to the Cockles making contact with the player. Alred said he felt the time was right to give playing another go even though his second child was born recently. He said: “The fact that I am still involved in rugby through coaching ensured that I retained an appetite for the game. We ran a coaching session at Bristol and I kicked five in a row and thought I’d like to get back into a competitive environment again. I spoke to Yappy (Tony Yapp) about it in the car on the journey home and he mentioned it to Jon Hill who then called to see if I’d be interested in joining Exmouth. The plan is that I will join them for pre-season and we’ll see where that takes us. I do have a second baby now and will need to juggle work as well but I have told Jon just what I can do and I have to say he has been very supportive.”
Alred will join a squad that will be captained by Ross Morshead next season, who will take over from Mark Wathes a year after joining the club.