Tom Parker and Jake Bedding sign for Barking
PUBLISHED: 12:40 29 July 2011
Two more new faces at Gale Street
Barking have added scrum-halves Tom Parker and Jake Bedding to their side for the forthcoming National One season.
Bedding joins the Gale Street outfit from Thurrock, while Parker has spent time at London Irish and has represented England at under-20 level.
Head coach Martin Jones has been working with his squad in recent weeks at training and believes that both Bedding and Parker will feed off each other as they fight it out for a spot in the first XV.
“Both Tom and Jake have been training very well, “ said Jones.
“With Tom’s experience at London Irish and at youth international level, they should push each other hard.
“All the boys have been committed to training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and they have all been working well as a unit.
“There is a strict fitness regime they are sticking to from the screen tests we have carried out and some are really stepping out and showing us some leadership qualities, though we won’t make a decision on who will captain the side yet.”
The former London Welsh coach admitted it has been difficult to completely rebuild last season’s squad, but remains confident that come the season’s opener on Saturday, August 27 against Blaydon his side will be ready.
“I am still confident and it has just been about making sure we get the right people for the right reasons,” said Jones.
“It has been difficult and it may go right up to the wire in terms of completing the squad, but I remain confident we will have a good side ready to compete from the off.”
■ Barking have announced two friendlies, both away against Worthing on Saturday, August 13 and Championship club Esher on August 20, and Jones believes these will be the right sort of matches to test his side’s credentials.
“These two games will give us the good tests we require before taking on Blaydon,” he added.
“Worthing are a good up- and-coming team, whilst Esher are a Championship side and they will both be good games to show how far we have come.”
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