Hartpury RFC are able to confirm more signings for the 2019-20 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Two new players will be arriving in the shape of fly-half Joshua Bragman and centre/winger Sam Goatley.
Bragman’s arrival in Gloucestershire will represent the latest step in a journey which has taken him from to his native North-East to South Africa – for two years – and back to University of Northumbria, Newcastle, where he has been playing under respected head coach, Darren Fearn.
As such, the majority of his recent rugby has been in the BUCS Super Rugby competition, where he has made a strong impression on Hartpury Director of Rugby, John Barnes.
“Josh has been one of the outstanding BUCS players over the past few seasons,” Barnes said.
“He has been capped by England at Student level and has the game management qualities to play in the Championship. He will battle our own BUCS fly half, Nathan Chamberlain (Scotland U20 and Bristol Bears Academy) for the 10 jersey.”
His former university coach was equally complimentary, saying, “Josh has been a massive player for us at Northumbria and will be missed hugely both on and off the field. I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
“He has the attributes to really thrive at Hartpury. He is very talented and, most importantly, his attitude and willingness to get better will stand him in good stead to be very successful.”
Goatley is a more experienced player, well-known in local rugby circles after spells with both Cinderford and Clifton, where he played last season. He also has strong connections to the Gloucester-based club, Old Centralians.
Barnes was happy with his acquisition, saying, “Sam had an outstanding year in National 2 for Clifton where he was recognised as player of the season.”
“He is a local lad, with a strong family background in Gloucestershire rugby. We see him as an exciting talent and hope he will further progress as he makes the step up to Championship Rugby.”
Bragman and Goatley join Seb Nagle-Taylor (Rotherham), Tom Jubb and Jack Preece (both Coventry), plus Luke Carter and George Simpson (both Ealing Trailfinders) as ‘new blood’ at the Gillman’s Ground next season. George Simpson will be a season-long loan from Vallis Way.
(Photo credits: Josh Bragman – top – courtesy of Paul Best and Sam Goatley courtesy of Gloucestershire Live)