County captain signs for Fylde

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FYLDE Rugby Club have boosted their ranks in the run-up to the National League One by signing Lancashire captain Alex Loney, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

He has been brought in to bolster the front row as Fylde look to consolidate at the higher level.

Loney has played most of his career at hooker but Fylde plan to use him as tight-head prop. The 26-year-old former Kirkham Grammar School pupil will undertake commercial duties at the Woodlands as part of his contract, captained Lancashire as they retained the County Championship title at Twickenham in May.

Loney said: “I’m really happy to be joining Fylde and working with everybody involved with the club. Fylde is a great outfit, on and off the field. Playing all my junior rugby in the county and attended a local school made my decision much easier.”

head coach Mark Nelson said: “Alex has a great deal of Championship experience and will help us adjust to our new level.”

Fylde are convinced his experience as a full-time player will be beneficial. Loney had a spell at Leicester Tigers academy before moving on to Nottingham and Rotherham. He also played for the England 18 and 19 group.