09:00AM, Friday 08 April 2022
Ed Keohane. Credit: www.paulmorganphoto.co.uk
Maidenhead's game with leaders Sevenoaks on Saturday will be centre Ed Keohane's last at Braywick Park before he and his family move away from the area this summer.
Head coach David Mobbs-Smith and director of rugby, Myke Parrott both said his departure will leave Maids with 'big boots to fill', not just for his performances on the pitch but also for the leadership and mentoring role he plays around the club and on the training pitch.
“He'll be a massive loss for us,” said Parrott. “Both on and off the pitch. “We’re going to do everything we can to make it a special day for him and his family.
“I’m proud of Ed for the way he’s conducted himself this season.
“It was a tough start and he’s one of the senior players that have stood up to be counted, has put their arm around some of the younger players, and always turned up on and off the pitch.
“He’s played at 15, and 13 before settling back into 10 and he’s just got better and better.
“Sometimes improvements can be limited with more experienced players, but he’s playing as well as ive ever seen him. “He’s keeping the ball well, controlling games, making brilliant decisions and he continues to be a great example.
“He’ll be a massive loss, but we’ll hopefully give him a good day to remember.
“We’ll try our best (to replace him), it’s some pretty big boots to fill eh?”
Replacing the player will be one thing, but replacing the character, and the influence he has around the club, is another thing all together. Mobbs-Smith added that it leaves Maids with a ‘hard hole to fill’
He said: “He's a huge personality in the changing room so it will be a big loss and a hard hole to fill.
“And not just on the pitch, it’s his involvement in training.
“He’s a central character to the team so it’s a huge loss to the club. Playing wise, that will be part of our recruitment policy, getting that same kind of personality behind the scenes you’ve got to hope someone steps forward to become that character in the team. “Every team needs that person and Ed Keohane has filled that role at this club for a while now.”
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