July 16th 2010 - PRODIGAL SON OLLIE RETURNS – AGAIN!

Moseley is pleased to announce the second homecoming of fly half/full back Ollie Thomas from French club Racing Club Chalonnais.
Ollie, who has signed a one season contract, is a product of Moseley’s acclaimed Mini and Junior and Colts sections. He has had two spells away from his mother club to play full time rugby, first with Cornish Pirates and secondly with the French club. His return complements other new signings in Moseley’s revamped back division.
Moseley backs coach Don Caskie said “We are delighted to have Ollie back. We never wanted him to leave in the first place but we could not guarantee him, or indeed anyone else, a permanent starting place in the side. However, providing he is fit and in form, he will always be one of the first on the team sheet as his versatility and ability to play in a number of positions will always provide a number of attractive options in what is shaping up to be an exciting set of backs."

Profile - Ollie Thomas

 
Fly Half - Born 1983 (June 16th Birmingham) - Ollie rose rapidly from the Mini and Junior teams, before leaving to go full time with Pirates for 2007/08, he returned in October 2008. After scoring a vital drop goal in the EDF Trophy win at Twickenham  he moved on again to Chalon in France for 2009/10, returning again for 2010/11. He was Under 21 player of the season in 2003, and Supporters Player of the Season in 2005. Has broken Moseley's all time points scoring record. Toured Argentina with England Counties XV in summer 2005 and France in 2006. Ollie is the son of former Moseley flying wing, Alan Thomas, and was educated at King Edward’s, Five Ways. Played cricket to Warwickshire Under-19s level, and, a batsman and leg-spinner, for the Moseley Ashfield club.

A prolific place kicker Ollie broke a number of the club's all time scoring records and passed the 1000 points mark in just four seasons - an exceptional record, especially when considering that in his first year he was not the main kicker.

Despite Moseley finishing fourteenth in National One in 2006-07, Ollie still ended up third in the league's top points scoring list. In total he notched up an impressive 287 points, including a club record 28 points for Moseley in a 38-32 win against Nottingham. Ollie also kicked a crucial drop goal in the Twickenham National Trophy final win over Leeds.

He then opted for a move to France where he spent another excellent campaign with Racing Club Chalonnais under the guidance of new Worcester supremo Richard Hill, back in his old position at No.10 he went on to lead the club to within a couple of games of promotion.

Ollie told the Sunday Mercury - “I played nearly all of the season at No. 10 in France and that went really well, I really enjoyed getting my hands on the ball more. But I also played a few minutes at outside centre so I still think of myself as able to play in most positions. I think I am a better player than when I was last at Moseley. You are meant to improve year on year – there’s something wrong if you don’t. And I’ve benefited from a year in a full time set up, playing virtually every game, losing only one and working with a great coach."

“Hopefully I’ll bring all that back with me.”

 

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