Bedford Blues sign key player from local rivals Ampthill ahead of pre-season

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‘The Battle of Bedfordshire’ has seen plenty of heated and frantic instalments in the past few years, with Ampthill proving a match for their more prestigious rivals.

The Blues face off against Ampthill on Saturday 11th September in a pre-season fixture with one man who has made the short journey across to Goldington Road is key outside-half, Louis Grimoldby.

One of Ampthill’s key men since their promotion to England’s second tier, the new Blues number ten finished last season as the division’s highest point scorer and has a wealth of experience behind him.

On the short hop across the divide, Grimoldby said: “The opportunity to join such a prestigious club was too good to turn down.”

“Having experienced what Goldington Road is like on Boxing Day, I can’t wait to play in front of the fans in a Blues shirt.”

“I am excited by the style of rugby that the Blues play and I’m hoping I can contribute towards that in the coming season, but know there will be tough competition.”

The former Richmond, Nottingham and Harlequins man, who also spent a short time playing in the French third tier, has caught the eye of many rugby connoisseurs, and the Blues faithful will no doubt be pleased at their latest new signing.

Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer said, “It’s important we have two quality 10s to help guide and shape the team. Louis has been great for Ampthill in the last couple of seasons and we were delighted when he decided to take the short trip down the road to us.

“Competition is always healthy and both Louis and Will Maisey have the added bonus of being versatile and very good goal kickers.”

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