Powerful lock forward Olli Parkinson joined the Club in the summer of 2017 from Macclesfield RUFC where he spent the 2016-17 season. He’s a product of the Sedgley Park development system, went on to play for the North U’18s squad and made his debut in Sedgley’s National One XV in the 2011-12 season at the tender age of 17. He attended Myerscough College before moving on to Bath University where he featured in their 1st team, played for Bath Rugby’s 2nd team and earned representative honours for British Colleges. He has also played for Sale Jets and for their U’20s squad.
The 24 year old (6’4”, 115kgs) returned to the North West to re-join Sedgley Park and became a fixture in the 2nd row in 2014-15. He had a brief spell at Championship club Rotherham Titans before joining Macclesfield. Olli’s Fylde National One career was delayed due to an ankle injury picked up pre-season, ironically at Sedgley Park in August 2017. He missed the first five league matches then and suffered another injury early in 2019 which ruled him out of action for a couple of months. Other than these periods Olli has been a regular 1st team choice, making 45 appearances for Fylde, and running up a total of 97 National One games in all.
Warren Spragg said: “Olli has become a really important member of the squad since joining us two seasons ago. His work rate is exceptional and he is always near the top of the tackling and ball carrying stats every week. The battle between Oli and the other 2nd rows for the starting shirts next season should keep them all at the top of their game and I am excited to see what the lads in the engine room can produce as they mature into top quality senior players.”
Olli Parkinson said: “I am really happy to have signed for my 3rd season at Fylde. Hopefully we can build on some of the great performances from last season, like Chester away, and finish high in what will be a difficult league.”