Busy with preparations for the 2017 season, the Phoenix had good news this week as the second player this year from the senior program signed to play professional ball in Europe. Will Hobbs, former Nix safety and all round loveable rogue followed teammate Jamie Gallagher across the channel.
Hobbs, after his second season playing at the top level with the Phoenix, signed with Swiss side Calanda Broncos. The Safety made a huge impact with the Phoenix and was a playmaker throughout last year’s undefeated regular season.
Check out some of number #3’s highlights from the last two seasons:
He follows the recent move of tackle Jamie Gallagher, who after two stellar years as LT for the Phoenix signed for La-Queue-En-Brie Gladiateurs in France. Gallagher was a staple on the young talented Phoenix offensive line that helped score 472 points in 2016. His aggressiveness and hustle are sure to make an instant impact for the French club.
Here’s some of Gallagher’s highlights from the past few seasons:
Both players follow the path of standout CB John Kenyon, who made the transfer to the Potsdam Royals after a season of shutting down wideouts in the top flight of British Football.
The moves highlight the Premier North champion’s philosophy of ambition for itself and its players. Developing players through top quality coaching and playing at the highest level in the country are fundamentals to the Nix’s success. With so many young talented players across the team that are already making an impact for the national squad (or will be within the year), the Phoenix hope to continue to develop top quality ballers that take the step up to pro.
Jason Scott, Director of Performance for the Phoenix had this to say on the signings:
“The Phoenix are proud to work with and develop the best young British players in the U.K., and we’re delighted that those players are finding opportunities abroad. We certainly don’t begrudge those athletes from playing in Europe, and we’ll certainly welcome them back when they return home.
To have former Nix standouts like Kenyon, Gallagher and Hobbs representing our brand overseas is only a good thing, and is a testament to their drive, determination and passion to be the best players they can be.
I think it also speaks about the quality of our program, our coaching and our philosophy that makes Phoenix players such an attractive proposition for the professional leagues.”
The ethos and development extends to the hugely successful youth team also. Following their best season ever, coming runners up in the Plate tournament, two of the team’s captains began the next step in their careers with Louis Gallagher and Ewan Lockwood joining the Filton Pride. Both players have been standouts and leaders throughout their careers at the Phoenix.
In preparation for 2017, the senior side are excited to welcome the next crop of talent to its last session of the year next Saturday (10th December) at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre 12.30pm – 3pm. If you want to take the next step and play at the top level in the country, with quality coaches and quality competition to elevate your game, then get in touch. The OTA is completely free and perfect if you want to see what the club is all about.
The Youth team will return to work next year, 8th January 2017 at Rawlett High School 9.45am – 1pm and are looking for new players aged 14-17 yrs.