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New signings for 2012/13 season:-

By Angie Prangell | 01/07/2012

The following is an update for all keys supporters:-

New signings for 2012/13 season:-

1) Adam Powell - from Neath ex Cardiff (8) - outstanding ball carrier, one of the best 8s in the premiership, very experienced and will add a strong presence in an already impressive back row.

2) Ollie Hodge - from Dings Crusaders ex Bristol, Barbarians (4) - older and bigger brother of fellow keys second row Danny Hodge, excellent line out forward, will bring a huge amount of size and quality to the pack, a very experienced ex professional who will love to tear it up with his little brother Danny!

3) Dorian Jones - from Ebbw Vale (10) - the best 10 outside the premiership for the last two years, he is ready to make the next steps to become a professional player, excellent kicker off the tee and out of hand his competition with Dean Gunter for a starting place will be worth watching!

4) Ryan James - from Newport (9) - Pandy Park welcome back one of its favourite sons, after a years sabbatical, it's good to see Ryan has the right colour (white) to go with the black on his shirt. His game management and decision making is excellent.

5) Antony Lott - from Bargoed ex Neath, Ebbw Vale (1or 3) - a grizzly hard uncompromising prop, his skill set will be ideal for huge derby games ahead and he brings years of premiership experience, will bring a lot of competition to the established ABC club.

6) Elliot Jones - from Swansea Uni/Glamorgan Wanderers (15 or 14) - a young player with loads of top end speed, will come under the tutorage of Ringo and will no doubt bring his speed and finishing to some creative back line plays.

7) Leon Burgess - from Abercarn (6) - a young local player full of energy and heart, will be real edge to the breakdown with his 100 percent commitment, one to keep an eye on.

8) Sean Higgins- from Abercarn ( 2nd Row ) a former Crosskeys Youth/United player , He had played several 1st XV games during season 2010/11 before picking up a knee injury which resulted in surgery, he signed for Abercarn as part of his re-hab process and his progress was closely monitored by us. We class Sean as one of our home grown talents.

Greg Woods (Head Coach) says "we have brought some real experienced, quality players into what was already a hugely competitive squad. I am pleased that all the above wanted to join the club and already I can see they buy into the Keys way of doing things. With a lot of our players training full time with the region, come the first premiership game we will be fully prepared. I'm excited with the young talent we also have training with us and as always with the keys we are fully committed to producing the next regional players. We had an exceptional season last year, but I have been around long enough to know that teams will be coming for us next season and by what I have seen with other teams doing a lot of transfer business this summer, it should make for an interesting season ahead"

Keys have started their preparation today with a training/testing day at University of Glamorgan Tre-Forest, where the team were put through their paces by chief conditioner Alun Harries and physios Kathryn and Gary. The new comers also went through basic game structures with Woodsy and Ringo. Instant feedback was that all coaches were happy with the conditioning of the old and new players.

Training starts on Tues/Thurs this week at 7 pm at Pandy Park. Players will be undertaking a month of running, with the km of work measured specifically for each session to mark where the players need to be ready for the premiership battles ahead.

Woods says "Alun has proved over the last two seasons that he knows how to prepare a squad for peaking for big games and to be fit and energetic come March/April time at the end of the season. As always he has prepared every session to the precise amount of volume so that the players are fresh for when it counts on game day. July will consist of conditioning and the rugby element will be brought in at the end of the month and August, where Ringo and myself will be putting down the game structure for the season ahead. All players have individual conditioning programmes and standards to meet as we are getting ready for another long campaign ahead".

We will be getting more updates from Greg and rest of his coaching team as we go through Pre Season.

Come and watch the boys every Tuesday and Thursday training at Pandy Park, and see all the hard work they go through, to put on the famous black and white shirts.


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