Brignell and Anderson Headline New Look Squad

06/06/2011 19:37

SEVEN new faces join the new look Hull Wasps squad as they kick-start their preparation for the new National League season. 8 players remain from last season's squad which also sees a long-awaited return of an former Wasp. Coaches Matthew Fawcett and Steve Crawford could not be happier with the new look side.

“We are bringing in a lot of new faces. We haven’t yet managed to win promotion so we decided to mix things up and try something new." said Fawcett.

Size will be the Wasps biggest asset this season. With only 3 big men in the squad at the end of last season, the Wasps now have the luxury of 8 big men in the team for the new season. Among the new faces are 6' 5" Simon Coker and Liam Lacey, and 6' 4" forwards Matt Brutnell and Sean Johnstone. There's also a welcomed return for 6' 5" forward Jason Munro and 6' 5" centre James Rayner who will all join forces with captain John Brignell and vice-captain Miles Anderson.

The announcement of John Brignell and Miles Anderson being captains is something that Coach Fawcett believes will be key to the Wasps season.

“John and Miles have played for a long time and don’t get fazed easily. Its this mentality and knowledge that I want the team to tap in to.”

The Wasps will also be strengthened in the backcourt this year with 3 new additions. Point guard James Brough is joined by combo guards Miles Baldwin and Aaron Price who will all look to make an explosive impact.

Rounding off the squad are Wasps favourites Rob Birchmore, Adrian Blatherwick, Andrew Marr, Chris Cummings and Head-Coach Matthew Fawcett. Five players who have all been with the club a long time and understand how important this season can be.

Assistant Coach Steve Crawford thinks this squad can start something special.

“This being my first season with the team I can not compare this squad with any of the previous years. But this group looks good and is ready to get started. Its up to all of us now to make this season the best yet.”

Coach Fawcett added “ Its never easy making a cut especially after some very talented players attended the try-outs but we have made decisions that will benefit this club for the long term.”

The Wasps will kick start their pre-season training this week in preparation for the new season in September.