Youngsters Simon Edwards and Jack Cooke have today penned deals to keep them at the Club for another season, as interim head coach Ricky Nebbett continues to mould his squad ahead of the opening pre-season tie against Dorking.
Hooker Edwards was a regular off the bench last season, making 11 replacement appearances, with his solitary start coming in the home win over Tynedale.
Also able to cover in the back row, Edwards was a mainstay in the Cardinals side that swept all before them two seasons ago, and he will be an important member of a squad preparing to put together a renewed assault for the National One title.
“I’m delighted to be committing my future to Esher for the coming season,” he said.
“I want to be part of a team that is willing to work hard and strive to get better, and that’s certainly something that we have been doing for best part of 18 months now.
“The whole Club has the aspiration to go back up to level two rugby, and I’d certainly like to play my part in helping realise that ambition.
“For me personally, it’s a case of continuing to knuckle down and put the graft in and hopefully the rewards will come, not only for me, but also for the team."
21-year-old year old centre Cooke graduated through the Club’s academy system under the tutelage of David Chalcraft and Nigel Scott, earmarked early on as one to watch.
He made a full debut to remember as he scored a superb try in the 43-26 win over Cambridge in March, and went on to start in the win over Tynedale a month later.
He has spent the summer with the Esher Golden Lions, the Club’s successful sevens outfit, and has impressed with not only his leadership, but his general all-round attacking skill set.
The ambitious Cooke, in speaking to esherrugby.com, spoke of his desire to further develop his game, and his ultimate goal of playing in English rugby’s second tier.
“I've been at the club since I was very young, and my dad played here before me. To follow in his footsteps and represent the Club at senior level has been amazing,” commented the man referred to, not surprisingly, as ‘Cookie’.
“It’s an ambitious Club that is looking to be promoted, and the Championship is where I want to be playing.
I feel like I improved massively last year, and am really excited about making further gains this season, and playing as much rugby as possible.”