We’re delighted to announce that experienced flanker Ben Vernon has re-signed for the 2020-21 season, his 9th campaign in the claret and gold.
The former Hutton Grammar School student is another Fylde player with a distinguished career at junior and senior levels. He played his junior club rugby at Tarleton RUFC and was capped by England at U’16s & U’18s level alongside team mates such as Owen Farrell. At a senior level Ben has been capped by Lancashire and England Counties U’20s.
Ben, 28, joined Fylde in the 2012-13 season, made his debut alongside fellow newcomers Chris Johnson and Scott Barrow at home to Esher (39-22 win) and quickly earned a regular 1st team place. He has made 175 appearances over eight seasons at the Woodlands scoring 11 tries in the process.
Like so many talented flankers who feature in much of the very tough tackle breakdown collisions, Ben’s career has been dotted with injuries which have somewhat restricted his appearances. He’s mobile, technically very sound and disciplined and is a real asset all over the pitch. He stood in as skipper on a few occasions in Adam Lewis’ absence in the 2018-19 season, highlighting his leadership as a senior player in the squad.
Warren Spragg said: “BV is a great role model for aspiring national league players, managing to balance his rugby commitments with a serious career, while always keeping himself in unbelievable physical condition. He’s on track to reach 200 games for the club next season so I hope for his sake there are enough fixtures for him to play 25 more!”
Ben Vernon said: “I’m delighted to have signed on for my 9th season. It won’t be easy because of the circumstances surrounding the official league start date but all teams are in a similar situation.
“So I just expect us to be ready and to be focused for when we get the green light. We know how much is at stake and we have to push on again from the success of last season.”