Two former Banbury youth players have signed their first professional contracts.
George Grieve has signed with National One outfit Birmingham Moseley, where he has already played in two winning games.
Stepping up from academy and divisional rugby into a set-up as professional as Birmingham Moseley is an exciting challenge for meGeorge Grieve
Grieve, a winger or full-back, played for Banbury for 12 years in every age-grade through to last season’s double-winning Bulls side. Grieve was in the Northampton Saints Academy for two seasons and represented Oxfordshire and RFU South West at Under-20 level.
Grieve said: “Stepping up from academy and divisional rugby into a set-up as professional as Birmingham Moseley is an exciting challenge for me.
“However, given how much I’ve learned and developed already, I know it’s also an incredible opportunity.
“As a young player this season will be about soaking up the wealth of experience around me and maximising every single playing opportunity. I can’t wait.”
Jacob Turner has signed to the Academy Development Squad at Championship club Bedford Blues.
Turner has already represented the Academy side and will be on loan to National Two outfit Bishop’s Stortford this season.
The back row forward joined Banbury from Chipping Norton at under-16 level and was in the Wasps Academy for two seasons, as well as representing Oxfordshire at under-18 level.