Existing Reds honoured, new signings announced
KIERAN HARDY was named Jersey Reds’ player of the season for 2017/18 last night, at the club’s annual pre-Siam Cup dinner.
The Welsh scrum-half, due to depart for PRO14 giants Scarlets this summer, collected the coaches’ award at St Peter following a stellar campaign under Harvey Biljon, and there was also special recognition for Bristol-bound Jake Woolmore, as players’ player of the year.
Before the evening at Stade Santander, however, talk was about the two new signings, Charlie Beckett (lock/back-row) and Will Homer (scrum-half) from Gloucester and Bath, respectively.
Siam captain Nick Selway’s popularity on and off the field was confirmed with the supporters’ player of the year award, and the hooker also claimed the trophy for top try-scorer, having dived over the whitewash 16 times since September. Winger Tom Pincus was one try adrift, with 15 Championship and British & Irish Cup scores.
Discussing the efforts of the professional squad’s top trio, Reds chairman Mark Morgan said: ‘Kieran came to us as a 19-year-old boy [in 2016], but is leaving us as a much-matured player. He has shown excellent leadership qualities and physical development this season, which have got him his place at Scarlets.
‘Nick is very much a crowd-pleaser, who has stepped up another level again this year, and he has been flanked by two guys who have been widely regarded as the two best props in the Championship [Woolmore and Jake Armstrong].
‘Jake Woolmore doubles up that superb role he plays for us with being co-captain, and has shown tremendous leadership on the field and around the camp generally.’
Centre Mark Best was also handed applause as the current first-team squad prepare to disperse, with his name being etched onto the ‘Most Improved’ award for 2018.
‘Mark is another example of the way we develop young talent,’ said Morgan.
‘He came to us quite raw, as they often do, but if you’ve got a photo from the first game of the season and compare it to now, you will see a very different lad.
‘He always was a naturally talented footballer but he’s added physical strength and stamina to that and, again, has moved to another level.
‘We’re delighted he’s staying for next season.’