Homegrown winger Dean Adamson has re-joined Bedford Blues for the new season, marking his return after a year playing in France’s second tier.
Many may have thought Adamson’s Goldington Road days were behind him when he joined French Pro D2 side, Rouen at the end of the 2019/20 season, but Mike Rayer has convinced the winger to return home.
Speaking about his return, Adamson said: “I’m delighted to have re-signed at Bedford Blues. It was an interesting experience in France last year, I was able to develop not just as a player, but a person as well.”
“There was only one club I could return to when heading back to England, and it feels great to be part of the Blues family again. I always had a special relationship with our supporters and I’m excited to see everyone again.”
Having scored 82 tries in 116 professional appearances, Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer is delighted that the highly talented try scorer has returned in Blues colours.
“The prodigal son is back!” Rayer exclaimed.
“Dean’s abilities are clear to everybody who has been around Goldington Road in the last six or seven years.”
“He’s a proven finisher with a great skill set and real character off the field. He’s been bouncing around in training and it’s like he’s never been away.”
Elsewhere, Mike Rayer has also continued to bolster the squad, having signed highly experienced Championship scrum-half Alex Day from Saracens, who won promotion back to the Premiership last season.
Day is also a returning Blue, after a short loan stint at Goldington Road in 2019, and has over 100 Championship caps to draw upon but joins permanently this time as a replacement for the outgoing James Lennon.
Luke Frost is another new name for Bedford’s growing list of forward contingencies, as he signs from Nottingham, giving Rayer and forwards coach, Alex Rae plenty of options in the pack.
The Blues’ campaign kicks off with their first friendly on Friday 3rd September against Northampton Saints before the league season begins on the weekend of 25th September.