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Plymouth Albion remain confident ahead of first season

The squad are upbeat about ahead of their first season. Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth Albion coach Graham Dawe is continuing to put his squad through their paces with a final pre-season friendly.

They will be playing their Championship opponents Bedford Blues tomorrow at Brickfields.

Albion remain confident ahead of their first season in National 1 after relegation:

Plymouth Albion announce new signings

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Albion has made its first two signings ahead of next season.

Marc Koteczky, played 16 matches for Albion last season and has signed a new deal. He'll play alongside fellow Australian Ethan Ford.

Ethan Ford, like Koteczky, can play wing, centre or full back and he has representative honours with Australian Schools, Australia under 20’s and the New South Wales country side.

I’m looking forward to joining up with the Plymouth Albion squad and experiencing rugby in England.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and the City.

I know Marc well from Randwick so it will be great to play alongside him again. I’m excited about the challenge that awaits

– Ethan Ford

I like Marc’s ability as a footballer and it’s a bonus that he can play across three positions.

For Ethan coming over from Australia it will be good for him that he has someone he knows in the squad.

It’s always good to have friendships within a team

– Graham Dawe, Head Coach
Plymouth Albion announce new signings Credit: Plymouth Albion

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Plymouth Albion coach steps down

James Shanahan is leaving Plymouth Albion.

Plymouth Albion have announced that coach James Shanahan is leaving the club.

His contract was meant to expire at the end of April, but he is leaving the rugby club early, and former manager Graham Dawe will take over for the last three games of the season.

Our focus has to be on the future and with a home game coming up on 11th April against Bristol the team will need as many Plymouth fans cheering them on as possible.

– Peter Vosper, Plymouth Albion Chairman

Entire board of Plymouth Albion resigns

The entire board of Plymouth Albion have resigned, with Graham Stirling stepping down as chairman with immediate effect, although he will remain on the board for now.

This announcement comes after several weeks of uncertainty over the club's financial future, with the threat of going into administration offset at the last minute as they managed to raise £250,000.

A spokesman for the club said the entire board offered their resignations at a meeting on Thursday evening, which were accepted.

The club avoided administration thanks to pledges of more than £250,000.

Plymouth Albion have announced a new board and chairman

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New chairman and board at Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion have announced a new board and chairman, Peter Vosper. All members of the previous board resigned yesterday, with the exception of former chairman, Graham Stirling. He will remain on the board.

Other new board members are Roger Harris and Graham Dawe.

"We now need to look to the future. Firstly, in the short term, we need to do all we can to keep the club in the Championship and at the same time prepare detailed plans for all eventualities in the long term. Support has been fantastic in all areas but there is still much to be done. We will keep you informed of our progress."

– Peter Vosper, Chairman of Plymouth Albion RFC

Plymouth Albion avoid administration after fundraising over £250,000

United at last! Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Albion will not be entering administration after a hugely successful fundraising appeal.

Friends of Plymouth Albion pledged over £250,000 and combined with existing funds, the rugby club are able to meet immediate requirements.

Further funds are still needed but the club say this is a major step forward.

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