The repatriation of Moseley old boys continues apace with the imminent arrival of one of their favourite sons.
Lock Andy Hall, who left The Reddings to pursue a full-time career in 2001, has agreed to add his considerable bulk to the Red and Black cause in the inaugural Championship campaign.
The 30-year-old is about to sign a one-year deal having left Newport Gwent-Dragons after four campaigns at Rodney Parade. Before than he spent four seasons with Glasgow Warriors having come through the mini and junior system at Moseley and played in the youth team that won the first ever National Colts Cup in 1998. The club will confirm Hall’s signature in the coming days with the lock choosing Mose ahead of other, higher-ranked sides.
By opting for a return to the club that gave him his break in senior rugby, Hall continues a process that has seen some familiar faces go back to their roots.
Prop Terry Sigley is in his third and probably final stint having originally left to join Birmingham & Solihull and then Gloucester. Sometime skipper Neil Mason came through the ranks before turning full-time with Worcester only to return a few years later. Adam Caves and Richard Stott have also felt the call of the Common too strong to resist, although Hall is the most high-profile and successful of that group.
The former Scotland international will become the fifth signing of the summer, following the addition of Canadian Test players Justin Mensah-Coker and Bryn Keys, ex-England Sevens threequarter Rob Thirlby and openside Chevvy Pennycook.
But it is the recruitment of Hall that will excite Mose followers who will remember his dynamic and athletic performances much earlier in his career.
The Solihull-born forward will more than make up for the departure of Paul Arnold who has joined ambitious National League outfit Caldy after two seasons at Billesley Common.
Also Caldy-bound is Richard Vasey whose contract with Ian Smith’s men has been annulled by mutual consent.
The former Leeds fly half started his first and only season with Mose in outstanding fashion and had a 92 per cent success rate with his early goal-kicking. But his decision-making always remained a concern and midway through the campaign he lost his starting place to dual-registered Gloucester academy product Tristan Roberts.
Ollie Thomas has also left the club having decided to join Richard Hill’s revolution at Chalon-sur-Saone in the French third tier.