Bury St Edmunds’ director of rugby Gavin Hogg has welcomed the arrival of scrum-half Adam Marshall to the club.
Marshall, whose great grandmother Florence used to live in Bury, has returned to his roots from Australia, where he recently finished trade training as a diesel mechanic on Caterpillar equipment.
The 21-year-old was recommended to the club by summer signing Sean Stapleton.
Hogg said: “Adam will provide a little bit of competition in the scrum-half position.
“He gives us another good option going forward and when we found out that he had a UK passport we wanted to get him across here as soon as we could.
“He is a very ambitious player who wants to go as far as he possibly can in the game.”
Marshall will strengthen an already-strong Bury squad, who triumphed 24-22 to pick up a bonus point at Chinnor on Saturday.
“Last season we used something like 39 players and I think it will be close to that number again this campaign, if not more,” admitted Hogg.
“We already had a lot of competition in the centres and back rows, but you need that when you get eight to 10 weeks down the line and start picking up injuries.”
Centre Sam Goatley (2), hooker Beau Gibson and Tim Mann all ran in tries at Chinnor with Brad Cook successfully kicking two conversions.
Hogg said: “It was a very pleasing performance against a side who are hotly-tipped to do well this season.
“To score four tries away from home is no easy feat and any points we can pick up away from home are crucial, especially any bonus points.”
Tomorrow, Bury host Redruth in their next National League Two assignment (3pm).
“They’ve got to come a long way but they are another very strong team.
“We will need to try to express ourselves more in the wider channels,” said Hogg.