DAMIEN Brambley cannot wait to start the new season with Rochford Hundred - after finally getting back to the club’s director of rugby Chris Green.

Brambley impressed Rochford when lining up for Colchester last term.

But it took the 27-year-old centre time to see Green’s approach on Facebook.

“Chris sent me a message on Facebook but because we weren’t friends on there it took me quite some time to see it,” said Brambley.

“It wasn’t until I found another inbox I knew nothing about that I could get back to him but I was very flattered to be approached by him and the club and I’m pleased to be here now.

“I also can’t wait for the season to get started.”

Brambley had been with Colchester since a young age.

But he is happy to be making the step up with Rochford.

“I had been with Colchester since playing mini-rugby as my mum said I couldn’t play football and some of my best mates are there but it was more of a social thing too,” said Brambley.

“I think for my career it’s good for me to have made this move and I obviously knew all about Rochford from having played against them last season.

“I think everyone would have been impressed by them but I spoke to a few of the lads after the game when we played and they all seemed great so that played a part in my decision too.”

Rochford have won back-to-back promotions without losing a single game.

And Brambley believes Hundred, who head to Tring tomorrow, can again be challenging for promotion this term.

“I’ve played at this level before and when I see the big pack we have here and how the backs can play as well it really wouldn’t surprise me if we are there or thereabouts come the end of the season again,” said Brambley.

“I know everyone here is ambitious and it’s going to be good to get the season started.

“Tring are no mugs though and this will be a tough first game.”

But Brambley feels Rochford could not have prepared any better.

“I very much doubt any team are as well set as we are right now,” said Brambley.

“Pre-season has been great and we’ve already done a lot of work.”