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Mike Stanley back at Southend Rugby Club
MIKE Stanley has returned to Southend Rugby Club and will go straight back in to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s clash with Ampthill at Warners Bridge.
The 23-year-old, who can play at fly half or at centre, has just finished a successful first season with Ponsonby in New Zealand.
But, while back home in Thurrock during their off season, Stanley will be back for Southend.
And he cannot wait to return to action.
“Most people would probably want a break at the end of a long season but when Chris Green asked me to come back in for a few games I couldn’t say no,” said Stanley.
“I’ve had some good years at Southend and I have a lot of friends there so I’m only too happy to be able to help them out while I’m back here.
“It will only be for a handful of games because then I’m going back to New Zealand but hopefully I will be able to help the team get some good results during that time.”
Stanley was Southend’s top scorer with 19 tries during the 2010/11 season before also enjoying a prolific period with Thurrock.
Stanley returned to the Seasiders towards the end of last season and helped the club avoid relegation with five tries in just eight starts.
He will now be looking for another successful spell with Southend but does not know what to expect from fourth placed Ampthill.
“I haven’t really been paying too much attention to the results but I know Southend have been doing well and we want to keep that going,” said Stanley.
“I would like to think I’m coming back as a better player after my experiences in New Zealand.
“It’s quicker and faster but rugby is rugby at the end of the day and it’s good to be pulling on a Southend shirt again.
“But at the same time I don’t want to get in the way of someone like Brad Burr who I think is a quality player and I wouldn’t want him to be on the bench because I’m here.”
Southend also have star centre Karl Pryce available again after he recovered from the knee injury he sustained on his debut against Canterbury.
Chris Vaughan is likely to line up next to him in his more familiar role having previously been lining up at fly-half while second row David Jackson is also available again.
The match at Warners Bridge kicks off at 3pm.