Billy Driver makes return to Southend Saxons

Fresh faces – Billy Driver (front row, second from left) with the rest of Southend’s new signings

Fresh faces – Billy Driver (front row, second from left) with the rest of Southend’s new signings

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BILLY DRIVER is back at the Southend Saxons.

The 23-year-old winger, who drifts between rugby league and union, left the National Two South club two seasons ago.

But he has now opted to return to Warners Bridge.

And he cannot wait for the new season to get underway.

“It’s been really good coming back in and I’m looking forward to the games starting,” said Driver.

“The club has changed a lot since the last time I was here.

“When I left it seemed the play seemed more compact but it's very open now.

“We have more of a rugby league set up and it’s very attacking.

“The defence has improved as well so it’s looking good and I think we should be aiming to make the play-offs.”

Driver will be hoping to help make that happen.

And he does not feel swapping codes and coming back to union will pose him too many problems.

“I find it quite easy going between union and league and I don’t know why,” said driver.

“Physically league is much harder and that’s where my heart lies if I’m being honest.

“Union has its own challenges and when the pitches start getting wet and soggy it’s just a whole new sport.

“But there are some very good players at this level and it’s a good standard to play at.”

Driver plays at hooker, full-back or on the wing in rugby league.

However, he will solely be on the wing for the Saxons who he decided to leave a couple a couple of seasons ago.

“I decided to go travelling and then head back to rugby league,” recalled Driver.

“I played at Barking for half a season after that, but they went down and I just felt I needed a new challenge.

“I got back in touch with Southend and luckily they welcomed me back with open arms. It’s going well so far and hopefully it can continue that way.”

Driver was unveiled at Warners Bridge along with some more of Southend’s summer signings Amos Filson, Kris Chesney, George Wood, Aston Bevans Royston, Jamie Douglas, Dave Scupham and Mitch Bennett.

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