The squad building for next season continues apace, with South African born back-rower Brandon Walker today putting pen-to-paper on a one year deal.
Joining from Hartpury College, whom he helped to a third place finish in National Two South last season, the 6’4” Walker arrives having led his university to a BUCS Cup triumph in 2012, before turning out for a star-studded South African Barbarians outfit against Saracens this year.
Equally at home in the six and eight jerseys, Walker put in 12 appearances for Hartpury last year, scoring four tries. He has also been involved with the Gloucestershire senior county XV.
On speaking to esherrugby.com, Walker spoke of how quickly he’d settled into the senior playing group at Molesey Road, and thanked former Esher scrum-half Clive Stuart-Smith – who is now plying his trade with Hartpury – for pointing him in the right direction post-graduation.
“I was always keen to come to London after finishing my studies and speaking to Clive, it was clear that Esher was somewhere that I had to check out,” Walker said.
“Having come down and met with the management and some of the boys, I was very impressed and the Club obviously saw something in me also. From there it progressed quite quickly, and I’m obviously delighted to have sorted out my future.”
With a growing reputation and a bright future, the 23-year-old will be one to watch next term, with Walker very much looking forward to adding further firepower to an already accomplished pack.
“I’ve heard a lot about how the scrum went last year, and obviously that’s great to hear. My skills – particularly my ball carrying and physical presence – will hopefully make us even stronger and if I can play my part, then I will be delighted.
“Everyone around the Club has welcomed me with open arms, and I just can’t wait to get started now. The boys are looking sharp in the early part of pre-season, the spirit is strong and, for me, it’s now a case of putting in the work to make sure that I am absolutely 100% to show off exactly what I can do come September.”