Darren Fearn, Chris Wood and Josh Bragman have all committed to the club for the upcoming 17/18 season, joining Vaioleti, Fisher, Auld and Frankland who have also put pen to paper. DMP Director of Rugby Danny Brown said: “As we continue to build the squad for 2017/18, I’m delighted to see all three of these players wanting to stay with us in the North East. Whilst not taking our eye off our remaining 6 games, it’s crucial for us to put plans in place for the next campaign and these re-signings go a long way to doing that”.
The first of those to add to the list is Darren Fearn, who enters his third year with Mowden Park. The ex-Newcastle Falcon is combining his role at Northumbria University with his rugby here at DMP, and continues to have a big impact on the side. Fearn said: “I am pleased to re-sign for another year, going into what will be my 3rd season with the club.” Danny Brown was pleased with Fearn’s ongoing influence on the squad: “Darren seems to be really enjoying his rugby again, and that’s reflected in how well he’s been playing for us.”
The 28 year-old prop, who has also represented Sale Sharks and Bedford Blues, was positive about the current state of affairs at the Northern Echo Arena: “We have a decent group here, and a core group of local lads committing for another year can only be a good thing. It’s something I’m really excited to be a part of.”
Fellow front row Chris Wood has also re-signed for the 17/18 campaign. The young hooker has been unlucky with injuries this season, but makes a welcome return to the starting 15 for tomorrow’s game against Blackheath. Chris will be hoping for a successful return to the starting lineup, and Danny Brown was optimistic about Wood’s opportunities in the coming weeks: “Chris has had a bit of a tough time with injury this year, but we’re hoping to see the best of him in the remaining 6 games of the season.”
Josh Bragman also joins the list of those to commit to next season, after a successful first year with the club. The South-African born back has appeared in 19 games for DMP so far this season, covering both fly half and full back. Bragman said: “I’m very happy to be re-signing with the club, and I’ve enjoyed my first season with DMP.” Mowden Park Player-Coach Garry Law was complimentary about Bragman’s progress this year: “Josh is a promising talent, and he’s really grown in confidence. His game management has come on a lot this year, and I’m look forward to seeing his progression into next season.”
Bragman is currently the club’s leading point scorer in 2016/17, form that Mowden fans will be hoping he carries into next season. Having previously been involved with the Falcons Academy and the Natal Sharks, he was positive about the Mowden Park setup: “It’s a great environment and an outstanding facility.”
With even more announcements to come, fans can see the players in action in their next home game against league leaders Hartpury College on Saturday 25th March.