We’re delighted to announce that another home grown talent, Tom Forster, has re-signed for the 2020-21 season.
Tom progressed his rugby career through the Club’s Mini-Junior ranks, the Colts, the Hawks, as well as being a prominent part of the AKS age group teams, and on to Fylde’s 1st XV squad. In order to give him direct exposure to National League rugby, Tom went initially on loan to Preston Grasshoppers in the 2015-16 season. He then signed for ‘Hoppers for two further seasons before re-joining Fylde for the 2018-19 campaign.
A broken jaw playing for the Hawks in 2018 kept him out of the game for a few months but last season he was a regular in the 1st XV match day squads. He made over 50 1st XV league appearances for ‘Hoppers and to date 16 for Fylde. He also played for a Fylde XV against ‘Hoppers in the Brendan Hanavan Trophy match in 2019. In addition, Tom represented Lancashire U18s and secured a North of England trial.
In 2015 he joined Leeds Beckett University to study for a degree in Sports & Exercise Science alongside AKS friend and Fylde team mate Adam Lanigan during which he travelled back to the area to play for ‘Hoppers. He then registered for a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning and is in the final stage of its completion.
Tom is a versatile back, with the ability to play at fly-half or centre. He has good skill levels and fitness standards, and strong game management.
Warren Spragg said: “Tom has been pushing the likes of Scott, Connor and Briersy over the past few seasons, and has always performed well when he’s played in the 1st team. He is an intelligent player with a strong all-round skill set and I hope he can consistently push his way into the matchday squad this season.”
Tom Forster said: “Re-signing for Fylde was an obvious no-brainer with the talent we have in the squad, the brand of rugby we’ve been playing under Spraggy et al and the atmosphere both within the squad and around the Club. I think the longer off-season has helped everyone get over the disappointing end to last season (outside of our control) and I can’t wait to rip in with the boys and earn that long awaited promotion back to National One where the Club belongs.”