Bright at the head of London Scottish fresh Championship campaign

Wandsworth Guardian: Signed up: James Love is among 13 players to put pen to paper for London Scottish next season Signed up: James Love is among 13 players to put pen to paper for London Scottish next season

London Scottish captain Mark Bright is among 13 players to sign up for next season’s Championship campaign.

The Exiles have come through a season of progression, having made the switch to a full-time professional set-up in November 2012.

After a bad start to the season, Scottish – having brought in Serge Betsen and James Buckland on the coaching staff – rallied in mid-season and, with two games remaining, are likely to finish in mid-table.

Along with Bright, re-signing players include James Love, Oli Grove, Jim Thompson, Tyler Hotson, Jamie Stevenson, Mark Irish, Paul Spivey, Andy Reay, PJ Gidlow, Adam Kwasnicki, Ben Russell and Tommy Spinks, as Scottish look to retain the core of this season’s squad.

Bright said: “I’m delighted to have committed to playing for London Scottish next season and am very pleased that we have retained a large number of players from this season’s squad.

“These are exciting times for the club and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of its progression this year. I look forward to continue playing my role as we look to develop even further next season and I and the rest of the squad are excited by the challenges ahead.”

Director of rugby Simon Amor said: “So many of the re-signing players have been an integral part of the improvements we’ve made this season and have been key figures in helping create a positive team culture. To have that consistency for next season is tremendous.”

London Scottish have also demonstrated their commitment to developing young Scottish talent with the re-signings of both Stevenson and Spinks, who have this season been called up to represent Scotland A and Scotland U20s respectively.

Amor: “We’ve also managed to retain some young, up-an-coming guys with outstanding potential such as Jamie Stevenson and Tommy Spinks, which further demonstrates the ambition of this club.

“The balance between senior players, team culture and the young players coming through is something we’re very proud of.”

Scottish face Bristol tomorrow at the Richmond Athletic Ground, before completing the season at home to Rotherham Titans on April 20.

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