Bell backing Dewi to be a Lydney hit
DIRECT centre Dewi Scourfield can maximise Lydney's gain line game this season, believes excited boss Duncan Bell.
The experienced 29-year-old has completed his move from National One outfit Cinderford to National Three side Lydney in a bid to play regular first-team rugby.
Cinderford boss Andy Deacon wished Foresters stalwart Scourfield all the best but had hoped to see the inside centre rack up 200 games at the Beavis Memorial Ground.
Former Bath and England prop Bell is hoping Scourfield will have a 'massive impact' at Regentsholme. He said: "He's a very direct player and he's got good skills.
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"He's a strong and powerful ball carrier and someone that we can definitely use to get over the gain line.
"He's clearly a very good player and he's played at a much higher level than the level we're playing at.
"But he has seen something good going on at Lydney and wants to be a part of that."
Scourfield's arrival offsets the ankle ligament injury to Lydney centre Josh Innes, picked up in Saturday's 44-11 Old Centralians victory.
Lydney boss Bell expects the skilful addition to bolster resources – but warned no player will commandeer selection.
He explained: "He is still going to have to work for his place.
"No one should expect to walk into the side and play, but having said that, he comes with a big reputation and hopefully he will prove his worth early on and cement that 12 jersey down.
"He's not afraid to open his mouth and he'll certainly voice his opinions about how we can get better.
"I look forward to working with him, and hopefully it will be a really good relationship."
Deacon said he understood why 'great friend' Scourfield made the decision.
He said: "I am extremely big on the values of the club, and upholding those, and Dewi has been excellent at that.
"I played with him when I first joined the club, and that shows how long he has been an integral part of what we do.
"He would have been an important man in our squad this year, but now the challenge is for others to step into the breach and take those Cinderford values forward.
"Sam Hanks, Robbie Winchle, Jack Adams, Alan Bryan and Brad Davies will all compete for places in the centre, and I am pretty pleased with our strength there."