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Scrum half signs new contract with Plymouth Albion

Top scorer Matt Shepherd has become the fourth player from last season's squad to re-sign at Plymouth Albion.

Shepherd, who joined Albion last summer from the Cornish All Blacks, played in all 30 leagues games last season and finished with 188 points, a haul that included 13 tries.

The 26-year-old, who stands 5’ 9", took up the roles of scrum half, wing and full back.

Matt Shepherd with Albion official Nigel Sparrow Credit: Plymouth Albion

I’m pleased to sign a new contract and excited about pulling on an Albion shirt again.

A few of us from last season have signed new contracts and I hope we can keep the bulk of the squad together.

With the addition of some new faces we will have the ability to push on from last season. I know some of the other teams have recruited well but my aim is to get Albion promoted back to the Championship.

– Matt Shepherd

Shepherd is also a crucial member of the Cornwall team and on Sunday will be running out at Twickenham against Cheshire in the final of the County Championship.

Plymouth Albion's new owners get RFU approval

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home Credit: ITV News

The takeover of Plymouth Albion RFC by former players Bruce Priday and Dave Venables has been formally ratified by the RFU.

The RFU confirmed that Plymouth Albion would be playing National 1 rugby in the 2016-17 season.

There were fears that Plymouth Albion could be demoted down the league structure, like Richmond RFC some years ago.

Priday and Venables have had to put up a cash ‘Bond Deposit’ of £147,000, which will be held by the RFU.

While we are really pleased that Plymouth Albion will be playing National 1 rugby next season, we feel the size of the ‘Bond Deposit’ to be excessively large.

We presented a well prepared case which highlighted the strong working relationship we have with Plymouth City Council and the desire of both parties to build a Premiership standard club in the City.

– Bruce Priday

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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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