Oxford RL swoop for Blaney

Oxford Rugby League

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2014 06:34pm
Podsmead, Gloucester
By Oxford RL
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Oxford Rugby League's preparations for the 2014 season have been bolstered with the signing of Old Cryptian centre Sam Blaney.

Blaney who can play in back row and the centres in League made 8 appearances for the Gloucestershire All Golds including the match when both sides made their professional debut in Championship One back in March at the Prince of Wales stadium.
Sam started his career at Hull FC, then moving onto play for York City Knights and Sheffield Eagles before moving down to the All Golds last season. Blaney also represented England at this year's Student World Cup where he was part of the squad which helped England reach the final of the tournament before going down to Australia by 26 points to 16. During the 2013 off-season, Sam has been getting to grips with Union, representing Old Cryptians RFC, helping them to the top of Gloucester Division 2.
On making the move to the club Sam said "I am excited to be joining the club, seems like the club has a good ethos and is moving forward, the players seem to be tight knit and I am looking forward to being of part of it in the 2014 season." 
"I feel I can bring a lot of experience having played at Hull FC, York and Sheffield Eagles and I am confident I can help out younger players and help progress the club. As a player I enjoy doing a lot of the hard graft and will hopefully bring a bit of grunt into the pack."
"This season I hope to have my best season to date, but I aim to get a starting shirt first, I realise it is going to be a decent squad so it is going to be very competitive." 
Sam isn't looking too far ahead but believes if the club can get off to a good start then they can have a good season. "Well the club needs to push on from last year, but with the teams coming down and the squads other teams are building I think it is realistic to say we should be aiming for a play-offs. We'll get the first couple of wins first and see where we are, it's a long season so you never know what can happen." 
Oxford coach Tony Benson said "He's played England Students and really knows the game, and he's very good at popping up in the right place." GL1 5NS
"He has a good pass on him and is very good at stepping up in the right place, He'll bring experience to the team."



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