Darren Fox to make return to Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 17:01 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 27 April 2017

Cambridge Rugby Club Darren Fox

Cambridge Rugby Club Darren Fox

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Former skipper heads back to Volac Park for 2017/18 campaign

Darren Fox will be heading back to Cambridge Rugby Club as a player-coach next season.

The 36-year-old open-side flanker was captain at the Volac Park club from 2008 to 2012, having joined from Northampton Saints.

Fox had progressed through the academy at Franklin’s Gardens and went on to make 149 appearances for the club.

After leaving Cambridge, he went on to Bedford Blues and has most recently been at Peterborough Lions.

“We’ve been trying to get this signing over the line for a little while,” said Cambridge director of rugby Ross Stewart.

“I’ve been looking to add experience to what is essentially still a young squad and Darren more than fits the bill.

“His vast knowledge and experience at Premiership, National One, and National League level will be invaluable as we try and bring on our youngsters and seasoned club men alike in a highly competitive environment.

“He’ll add steel to us on the pitch and will be a fantastic presence off the field.

“As a former Cambridge captain, he also knows the values that the club and players aspire to.”

And Fox said: “I always wanted to return in some capacity to Cambridge. There was a sense of unfinished business.

“Ross has given me the opportunity to continue my development as a coach and I’ll be able to play out the last few years of my career at a good level.

“The club have some really talented youngsters I can help bring on and a number of former team-mates are still there, too.

“My family and I had some fantastic times at Volac Park and we’re all looking forward to coming back.

“I’m always wanting to test myself and push myself – I still feel I have a massive amount to offer on and off the pitch and can’t wait to get started again with the Blood & Sand.”

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