Plymouth Albion announce another new signing as two depart

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Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan continued building his squad for next season by signing 21 year old England Students centre Ben Axten-Burrett, who is currently studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Axten-Burrett, who was previously a member of the Harlequins Academy, has signed a one year contract with the option of a second season.

Shanahan commenting on the signing said, “Ben Axten-Burrett is a young and exciting centre who was brought to my attention by ex-Dragons head coach Paul Turner.

“Paul has a great eye in spotting talent so once he spoke to me and I had researched Ben it was an easy decision to sign him.

“Ben will bring a play making ability at 12 which is something I was looking for next season. He is a powerful centre with a great passing and kicking game. For me Ben will add an extra dimension to our play next season.”

In contrast two members of the current Albion squad will be moving onto pastures new next season.

21 year old wing Tom Bowen, who has so far scored 16 tries this season, has signed a contract with the England 7’s squad.

Shanahan said, “It is a big loss for us as Tom has been a stand out player for Albion this year but also in the whole Championship.

“I know he had lots of interest from Premiership clubs and to get a 7’s deal with England is great for him. His ability to beat defenders with ease and score tries means I’m confident he will be outstanding for England next season and I will look forward to watching him.”

The second Albion player moving on is 21 year old prop Ben Rogers who has signed a contract with Championship rivals Jersey.

Shanahan added, “It has been a difficult year for Ben due to injuries which has restricted his game time. I was unable to offer Ben a contract but wish him all the best at Jersey next season.”