More excellent news! Tom Grimes has signed up for his fourth season at the Woodlands.
The versatile 28 year old utility back joined Fylde for the 2017-18 campaign following four seasons at Blaydon RFC where he made 70 National One appearances. His first season at the Woodlands was curtailed as he flew out to New Zealand in early 2018 to play for Wellington-based club Upper Hutt Rams. Tom has played on the wing for Fylde, but was mainly at outside centre in New Zealand and is also comfortable at fullback.
Tom is quick, strong, has an acute sense of the whereabouts of the try line and is very durable – he’s missed just two games in the last two seasons and in 2019-20 had his most productive ever campaign in the National Leagues by scoring 14 tries and finishing =7th in the National Two (North) try rankings. In all, he has made 69 appearances in the claret and gold, scoring 28 tries in the process.
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.
Warren Spragg said: “Grimesy is a machine. He’s hardly missed a game since he arrived at the club and always maintains a great level of consistency with his performances. I think he had a good chance of reaching 20 tries last season and hope he can push towards that milestone this year.”
Tom Grimes said: “I’m pleased to re-sign once again and be part of this Fylde side that has been together for a few seasons now and keeps getting better. I’m looking forward to the season starting and hopefully going one step closer to promotion to National One.”