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Canterbury RFC may strengthen squad before transfer deadline

Andy Pratt

By Steve Tervet

Canterbury RFC could include a number of new signings in their squad when they return to action next weekend.

The city club are without a league fixture on Saturday as several of their rivals play games in hand.

Head coach Andy Pratt (pictured) is now turning his thoughts to a run of three games against Shelford, Henley and Redruth, who all occupy top-five spots in National 2 South.

He said: "It will be challenging but we will have had a rest and we go into the games with confidence.

"There’s a couple of guys we’re looking at but if nothing happens it won’t be a disaster. We’ve got a good enough squad to see us through."

Any deals would have to be done before next Friday’s transfer deadline. By the time Canterbury travel to Shelford on March 2, they should be able to call on the services of Peter Kelly and Wim Baars, who both missed Saturday’s 41-12 win over Dings Crusaders.

Skipper Kelly is nursing a back injury, while Dutch No.8 Baars has been away in New Zealand.

Canterbury will stay eighth irrespective of this weekend’s results.

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