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Coventry Jets confirm Chris Hobbs signing

By Steve Carpenter 20/03 Updated: 20/03 13:53

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Buy photos » Jets signing Chis Hobbs in action against his new club last season. (S) Photo by Paul Campbell

NEW Coventry Jets signing Chris Hobbs is relishing the prospect of helping the club back into the top flight of British American Football Association (BAFA) League.

The highly rated wide receiver signed from former Premier Division rivals Farnham Knights earlier this week after they withdrew from the league due to concerns over player safety.

That left the 23-year-old, who is one of very few players that has played for both Coventry and Warwick universities, with no club.

But he had no hesitations in joining the Jets for the 2012 campaign.

"I’m excited to help take the team back to the premier league," said Hobbs.

"Obviously coming from Coventry University and being around the coaches and team I always had a lot of time for the Jets.

"I think the team has the right players, the right coaching staff and the will to win.

"After a disappointing season in 2011 we have a point to prove, and I’ll be proud to be a part of it."

As well as experience in the British leagues, Hobbs has also played a full season for French outfit Les Ours de Toulouse.

And although his 2011 season was cut short through injury, Jets coach Rickhuss believes he is something of a coup for the Jets.

"We’ve known about Chris for the past five years," Rickhuss added.

"We’ve wanted him to be a part of this club for that time but knew he was loyal to the Knights.

"We’ll benefit from Teflon’s experience and athleticism. His speed gives us another deep threat and compliments an already very strong receiving core."

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