Lancashire’s leading try scorer in their 2019 County Championship campaign, Tom Grimes, has signed up for his third season at the Woodlands.
The versatile 27 year old utility back joined Fylde for the 2017-18 campaign following four seasons at Blaydon RFC where he made 70 National One appearances. He was a 1st team ‘ever present’ for Fylde between September and December (16 appearances, scoring six tries) that season before flying off to New Zealand early in 2018 to play for Wellington-based club Upper Hutt Rams. Tom has played on the wing for Fylde, but mainly at outside centre in New Zealand and is also comfortable at fullback.
He grew up in Lancashire and played his junior rugby at Preston Grasshoppers before joining Northumbria University and becoming one of their 1st team squad. He earned representative honours for Lancashire at U’17s and U’18s levels. Whilst in the North East he was a regular in the senior Northumberland squad in the Bill Beaumont County Championship and made his senior Red Rose debut in May 2019 in Sunderland against Durham County when he scored a hat trick of tries.
Tom had a full season with Fylde in 2018-19 and, in all, has made 44 appearances in the claret and gold, scoring 14 tries in the process.
Warren Spragg said: “Grimesy topped off a strong 2018-19 season with some excellent performances for Lancashire and took his tries really well in the County games. He has established himself as a regular on the wing for us during the past two seasons and I hope he challenges at the top of the try scoring charts next season of which we know he is capable!”
Tom Grimes said: “I’m glad to be back playing at Fylde and part of this young team that has developed loads since I first joined. Despite the drop in form for the last few games we have had a really strong season and the team is only going to get better. I’m excited to see how we push on for next season.”