It has been announced that young fly-half, Sam Leeming, will play his rugby at Bedford Blues next season.
This does represent a step forward for Leeming, whose place-kicking was instrumental in Hartpury’s recent win over his new club, in the sense that he is now signing his first full-time professional contract.
This is always an occasion for mixed feelings at Hartpury who, on the one hand, are sorry to see Sam leave whilst, on the other, immensely proud that yet another product of our development pathway has found his way into professional sport.
Leeming first arrived from the north-east as a “fresher” in 2015. His initial season was largely written off as a result of a serious knee injury but, since then, he has been a highly effective force, firstly in student rugby and more recently as a member of the Hartpury RFC side in the Championship.
Other than his league appearances, which included a crucial late penalty success to snatch a priceless victory at Jersey recently (pictured), the highlight of his time at Hartpury would be the BUCS Super Rugby ‘double’ in 2017, which was backed up by a second successive play-off win last season.
Director of Rugby, John Barnes, said, “We’re very sorry to lose a player of Sam’s ability and potential, after four years at Hartpury.”
“Having said that, we fully understand why a player of his age and at this stage of his career would be attracted by the opportunity to participate in a full-time professional environment.”
“Sam was a very important player for us during his two seasons of BUCS Super Rugby and we feel that we have been able to develop him into a player who can now perform at Championship level, at the least.”
“Like the many that have gone before him, Sam represents exactly what we hope to achieve in terms of the development of young players who will, in due course, enter the professional game. We look forward to continuing this process, with other players, in the years to come.”