MICHAEL BISHAY REMAINS A SKOLAR AFTER SIGNING ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

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London Skolars are pleased to announce that Michael Bishay has re-signed with the club ahead of the 2019 season. The 25-year-old, who joined the team in 2015, will now join up with his teammates for pre-season training.

Jermaine Coleman, London Skolars Head Coach, commented:

“We are really happy that Michael has signed again. He will bring some real quality and experience to the team. Towards the back end of the season, after his injury, he really started to find his stride again and performed to a high level. He’s got an excellent kicking and organization game and we’re really looking forward to having him back in the team.”

Bishay began his career with cross-city club London Broncos, where he made 19 appearances. He then spent time with Hemel Stags followed by a short stint at New River Stadium with Skolars. The hooker, who can also play scrum half, joined the team permanently in 2015 and has so far played in 54 matches for the club, scoring 20 tries. He said:

“I’m looking forward to another season with the boys. Hopefully we can have a much better year than last year and I believe we can if everyone is willing to put the hard work in. Jermaine can lead us in the right direction and the senior players can help him out with that.”

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London Skolars returned to preseason training on Tuesday evening as preparations continue for the 2019 Betfred League 1 campaign. Head Coach Jermaine Coleman gathered his players at New River Stadium for a short gym session before taking them onto the pitch for some cardio and ball work.

Coleman, fresh from leading Jamaica to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup for the first time ever, was pleased with the effort his players showed in the session but insisted there’s a long way to go before their fitness reaches its peak.

He said: “It was good for everyone to get back in and see everyone again. We had a good laugh and the boys worked really hard in training but you can definitely tell they’ve enjoyed themselves in the offseason.”

Omari Caro, who played in Jamaica’s World Cup qualifiers in Jacksonville under Coleman, recently signed a new contract with the club ensuring he will remain at New River Stadium for the 2019 season. The winger was part of the group that took part in preseason training on Tuesday and he enjoyed being around his teammates again following the offseason. Caro commented:

“It was great to be back at training in and amongst the boys. There were lots of smiles on our faces at the beginning, but not so many at the end. We’re looking forward to the next six weeks and to improving as a team.”

Fans are reminded that 2019 Season Memberships are still on general sale. Click here for more information or to buy a Season Membership.

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London Skolars are delighted to announce that Billy Driver has re-signed for the club. The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at New River Stadium ahead of the 2019 Betfred League 1 season.

Jermaine Coleman, London Skolars Head Coach, said:

“We are really excited that Billy has signed back on with us. Billy is a really exciting player who has lots of speed and agility. He keeps his own and he’s really developed his understanding of the game and the role that he plays and what he brings to the team. I see him being a leader this year.”

Driver made 25 appearances for Skolars last season, scoring five tries. With experience of playing on the wing and at hooker, Driver’s versatility will be a big asset to Coleman’s squad in 2019. Driver commented:

“I’m delighted to have re-signed with London Skolars for the 2019 season. I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far and can’t wait for the new season to start. We’ve made some really good signings and there’s a buzz about the place heading into preseason.”

2019 FIXTURES

London Skolars are delighted to announce the club’s 2019 Betfred League 1 fixtures have been confirmed. Skolars will begin the new campaign away to West Wales Raiders on Saturday 23rd February before hosting their home opener at New River Stadium against Newcastle Thunder one week later.

The regular season will conclude with a trip to Queensway Stadium to face North Wales Crusaders on Saturday 7th September with the club’s final home game coming against Hunslet RLFC on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final for our favorite game of the season, Friday Night Light!

Jermaine Coleman, London Skolars Head Coach, commented:

“It is always a great time when the fixtures get announced. It really makes the new campaign feel as if it is just around the corner. Everyone at the club is looking forward to the 2019 season and being able to look through the fixture list and get an idea for how the season will play out is really exciting.”

Skolars’ longest trip of the regular season, to Whitehaven RLFC, will take place on Saturday 25th May while their shortest journey will be on Friday 19th April when they make the short trip north west to Coventry to face the Bears.

London Skolars’ full 2019 fixture list is below.

Round Date Home Away Kickoff
1 23-02-2019 West Wales Raiders London Skolars 3pm
2 02-03-2019 London Skolars Newcastle Thunder 3pm
3 16-03-2019 London Skolars Keighley Cougars 3pm
4 24-03-2019 Oldham London Skolars 3pm
5 06-04-2019 London Skolars Workington Town 3pm
6 19-04-2019 Coventry Bears London Skolars 3pm
7 28-04-2019 Hunslet RLFC London Skolars 3pm
8 11-05-2019 London Skolars North Wales Crusaders 3pm
9 18-05-2019 London Skolars Doncaster 3pm
10 25-05-2019 Whitehaven London Skolars 3pm
11 15-06-2019 London Skolars West Wales Raiders 3pm
12 22-06-2019 Keighley Cougars London Skolars 3pm
13 29-06-2019 London Skolars Whitehaven 3pm
14 06-07-2019 London Skolars Coventry Bears 3pm
15 14-07-2019 Workington Town London Skolars 3pm
16 20-07-2019 Newcastle Thunder London Skolars 3pm
17 03-08-2019 London Skolars Oldham 3pm
18 11-08-2019 Doncaster London Skolars 3pm
19 23-08-2019 London Skolars Hunslet RLFC 6pm
20 07-09-2019 North Wales Crusader London Skolars 3pm

 

Fans are reminded they can secure their seat at New River Stadium for all home games next season by purchasing a 2019 Season Membership.

Click here to find out more information and to purchase your Season Membership.

 

 

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