CHRIS Dudman is relishing his switch to Rochford Hundred.

Dudman joined the London One North leaders last week and will make his first Hundred start tomorrow when they host Fullerians at Magnolia Road.

And Dudman - who had been playing in Romania - is already enjoying being back closer to home.

“My contract in Romania ended prematurely so I was on the lookout for a club when I came back,” said Dudman.

“The main things that drew me to Rochford were the large coaching staff that they boast, which is highly experienced for the league we are currently in.

“It was also an opportunity to play with some friends that I haven’t had a chance to play with since college.

“My early impressions of the club are that they are very ambitious and everyone involved, including players and coaches, are buying into the plans for the future and it’s good to be a part of that.

“Everyone wants to see the club progress and everyone is adding to this in every way they can.”

Dudman - who will start at centre tomorrow - had played for Westcliff before heading off abroad.

And he believes playing on the continent was hugely beneficial for his game.

“Since moving from Westcliff I have played in Spain and Romania,” explained Dudman.

“It’s been interesting to play different brands of rugby and I feel these experiences have enhanced my game in certain ways.

“It gave me an opportunity to play with high level players and that certainly pushes you to work harder and focus more on your game.”

Dudman will now be aiming to put that into practice for Rochford.

And he enjoyed making his debut in last weekend’s 39-19 win at HAC, which saw Hundred triumph despite having to play an hour with just 14 men.

“It was interesting to play this level again,” said Dudman.

“The boys did a good job on HAC considering the early red card and the loss of Steve (Jay) at nine.

“Even with all these setbacks the team never really looked under threat and you can certainly see they are building a strong team.”

Rochford head into tomorrow's game having won all 15 of their matches this season.

In contrast, Fullerians sit second from bottom in the standings.