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Fans' favourite Cheeseman re-signs

Tom Cheeseman cited the vision set out by boss Ollie Smith was what convinced him to sign for the Molesey Road club for a third year.

The popular centre was sorely missed last term, but made 28 appearances in the campaign just finished, captaining the side on five occasions.

Signed from Harlequins in the summer of 2011, Cheeseman has Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup experience, whilst bringing no end of quality to a young back division.

Former colleagues at the Stoop, Cheeseman has a very strong relationship with Smith and the Welshman was delighted at the prospect of another season in Hersham under the stewardship of the former British and Irish Lion.

“When I initially sat down with Ollie last summer, it was very clear from what he was said that it was going to be a two, possibly three, year project here,” said the former Wales U21 man.

“Alongside Ricky Nebbett, Ollie has put together a very young, but very capable and exciting squad and it’s something that I wanted to be part of then, and wish to remain a part of going forward.

“I think if we can learn from this season, we will be very strong contenders next year. We have to, firstly, improve our discipline and secondly appreciate just how difficult it is to win away from home. Having said that, we’ve finished second this season and I feel I can offer a lot as we chase that number one spot, and promotion.”

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