Severnsiders need new boys to prop them up
LYDNEY have suffered a double blow in the prop department with Adam Ledner joining Clifton and surgery ending Duncan Bell's season.
Former England prop Bell sustained a broken eye socket and concussion at Canterbury on January 5 and opted for an operation recently which sees him ruled out for ten weeks.
With a trip to National Two South leaders Worthing tomorrow, Bell said his side can cope with the absences because Paul Price, Leigh Green and Ollie Day recently joined the club.
"We signed Leigh Green and Ollie Day, and Paul Price has come back to play for us as well so it's effectively three new props," said Bell.
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"I had surgery recently and it's not very pleasant, to be honest.
"It's pretty sore but I suppose it needed doing so we've just got to wait for the swelling to go down.
"I had about nine or ten stitches under the eye and hopefully that'll mean the swelling will start going down when they're out because it's pretty sore at the minute.
"It's worse than before. I broke it initially and then didn't have anything done for four weeks and they only had six weeks in which they could do anything.
"They had to re-break it to reposition it, so it feels like it has broken again and it's not fun.
"I'm told it'll be ten to 12 weeks so that's pretty much the end of the season.
"It's the end of February now so I'll completely miss the season, so we'll see what the other boys can do in my absence."
Ledner joined the Severnsiders in the summer and has been one of the club's best ball carriers so far.
But with South West rivals Clifton losing highly-rated front rower Will Davis to National One outfit Coventry on loan, Bell said he always expected the call to come.
"I'm not surprised they tried to get Adam because he's a good player, but not only that, he lives in Bristol," added Bell.
"Clifton were desperate to have him and I thought a lot of him.
"He's a prop that can play on either side of the scrum and he has done well.
"He was one of our main ball carriers and he's a big lump and is a very strong guy going forward.
"I had a long conversation with Adam and wasn't going to stand in his way as it was the right thing for him to do.
"We part amicably and we're just pleased with everything that he has given to the club."