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Camborne's loss is Redruth's gain as Ben Priddey moves to the Rec

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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Redruth have bolstered their squad by re-signing versatile Royal Navy forward Ben Priddey from near-neighbours Camborne.

The 27-year-old, who can play at hooker or in the back row, could feature in tomorrow's attractive National Two South home game against Dings Crusaders (2.30pm) if clearance for the move comes through in time.

Priddey, who has also played for the Combined Services, spent six seasons with the Reds before dropping out of National League rugby and joining Camborne in 2010.

The Reds' head coach Adrian Edwards said: "Ben is a great addition to our squad. He can play in more than one position and he is a very good player. "His Navy commitments will determine his availability to us, but he is a former Redruth player and it is good to have him back."

Priddey is the second man to make the short move from Camborne to Redruth during the past couple of weeks, following in the footsteps of centre Grant Thirlby, who returned to the Reds' colours as a 65th-minute replacement against Hartpury.

It is fitting, given his day job, that Priddey is set to make his Reds' return when the club are holding a special Armed Forces Day to mark Remembrance Weekend.

Armed forces personnel will be admitted to the Recreation Ground free of charge if they show their warrant cards at the gate, while special guests are the Military Wives Choir, who will be performing on the pitch.

"It should be a really good day at The Rec and we will be aiming to produce a good performance for our supporters," said Edwards, who himself served for 16 years in the Royal Navy.

The Reds come into the game off the back of a 47-15 defeat at Hartpury College last weekend – only their second league loss of the season – while Dings beat mid-table rivals Chinnor 39-35.

After losing three of their first four games of the campaign, Bristol-based Dings have clicked into gear, winning four from five, amassing 158 points in the process.

"I don't know too much about them, but they are scoring a lot of points and they have some dangerous backs," said Edwards.

"They won at home last weekend, while we are going into the match off the back of a defeat, and we need to put things right after last weekend."

Edwards was not too despondent after such a hefty defeat on the road though, and believes only some minor tweaking is needed to get the Reds back to winning ways.

"We were in the game for 60 minutes, then we had a try disallowed, which we thought was a try and the touch judge thought was a try," explained Edwards.

"We then made a mistake, Hartpury scored, and the game got away from us after that."

Adam Cope, who impressed on the right wing on his Reds debut last weekend, is unavailable this week, so Dean Bonds comes back into the squad.

Redruth (from): C Bonds, Vinnicombe, D Bonds, Kellythorn, Notman, P Thirlby, G Thirlby, Simmons, Goodfellow, Jacques, Brown, Priddey, Turner, Job, Williams, Cook, Bailey, Broadbank, Fuca, Hambly, Duncan.

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