Kiwi Jayden eyes up double success
KIWI centre Jayden Scott will be on the trail of double success at Humber Doucy Lane tomorrow.Scott, who has also played at full-back, is nearing the end of his first season with Ipswich after leaving his native New Zealand.
By Mel Henderson
KIWI centre Jayden Scott will be on the trail of double success at Humber Doucy Lane tomorrow.
Scott, who has also played at full-back, is nearing the end of his first season with Ipswich after leaving his native New Zealand.
And he wants to follow his selection as player of the season by helping to land the Eastern Counties Cup.
Scott, who is employed by Call Connection, the club's main sponsors, has already delivered the news that Ipswich wanted to hear.
Co-director of rugby David Broughton revealed: “Jayden wants to hang around for at least another year and we are thrilled to hear it. He has settled in really well here.
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“He was a good player to start with but has steadily improved and is now a very different calibre of player, as his selection as player of the season confirms.”
Fellow countryman Fraser Pratt, at 30 in his second spell as Ipswich club captain, will be another key player against Shelford.
Broughton confirmed: “Fraser has had a phenomenal season. He is a fantastic leader who has come on strong with his game.”
Pratt has been in the area long enough to meet and marry a local girl, and he now has a young family that makes him feel even more at home.
South African flanker Cristoffel Blom's 12 league tries made him the third highest try scorer in the London Three North East League, which has just ended, and he was just one short of the two players who finished joint runners-up.
Blom, 25, has also married since arriving in Ipswich but Broughton accepts the player could be on his way before next season.
He said: “Cristoffel was invited to play for Northampton Saints' second XV and did so well that he was named man of the match afterwards.
“Not surprisingly, he has been invited back, and we fully realise that we cannot stand in players' way if they have an opportunity to play professionally.
“Cristoffel is going up in the world and I'd be a fool if I thought otherwise. It's a shame because he's such a good player and a nice lad - someone we'd love to keep here - but we have to be realistic and wouldn't want to hold him back.”
But while the foreign imports have undoubtedly added something, Ipswich are a club with plenty of local links.
Scrum half Ben Goodall, 25, is the son of chairman Richard Goodall. A former pupil at St Joseph's College, which is renowned for its commitment to rugby, he left the Royal Marines last year after seeing quite a bit of action worldwide, and was welcomed with open arms by the club.
Goodall is just one of eight former St Joseph's students in the 21-man squad, which is tremendous advertisement for the school.
The others are lock forward and No. 8 Alex Primmer, flankers Geoff Searle and Seb Woods, right-wing Mike Ward, lock Matthew Smith, fly-half Mark Broughton and winger Shaun Elbrow.