Shanners looks to bolster up front

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Barely two weeks after the completion of the 2016/17 season, incoming Head Coach James Shanahan, has made two key signings ahead of the Blackheath’s next National League One campaign.

Shanahan, who doesn’t officially take up his new post at Well Hall until July, has already recognised the Club’s lack of strength in depth in the tight-five area and has moved quickly to recruit two experienced players in key positions in the front row.

Originally from east Kent, Danny Herriott began playing rugby with Deal and Betteshanger, before spending three years at Northampton Saints’ academy.

In 2014 the 19 stone tight-head moved to the Channel Islands for a two year spell with Jersey, followed by a further year in the Championship with Rotherham, but now, at the age of 24 and still in the prime of his career, Danny has been enticed to return closer to his roots with Blackheath.

‘With a nine month old daughter, my partner and I wanted to move closer to friends and family.’

‘I played with Blackheath as a Junior when I was around 14 and 15 and I’m looking forward to returning and the start of the new season.’

A slightly more familiar name to Blackheath supporters might be that of Matt Miles.

Matt was part of the Old Albanian side that won promotion from National League Two in 2015/16 and, more recently, saw off Blackheath 36-10 in Hertfordshire in March.

Originally from Cambridge, the 35-year old hooker has played with a number of clubs, including spells with Northampton and Ulster, as well as Cambridge from 2008 to 2010 where he first linked up with Shanahan.

He now joins Blackheath’s new Head Coach in moving to Well Hall.

Graham Cox

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