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New-boy set to boost Coventry Jets

By Steve Carpenter 12/04 Updated: 12/04 16:39

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Michael Billinghurst has signed for Coventry Jets from Berkshire Renegades. (S)

NEW Coventry Jets signing Michael Billinghurst is hoping to offer a major boost to the club's offensive line after joining from Berkshire Renegades this week.

The 24-year-old is another alumni of the Coventry University Jets to step up.

"I'm very happy to join this highly successful club and really looking forward to taking advantage of all the coaches' and other players' experience," said

Billinghurst.

"The Renegades were the first team I ever played for and I've been there for the last four seasons, going from a 3-7 team to a 9-1 playoff team and into Division One.

"It always felt like family and I wish them all the best for the season. That said I'm a Jet this year and I’m looking forward to what I hope will be an equally successful year for me and my new team.”

"Having been on the committee, and captained, the Coventry University Jets for the last three years I have been in close contact with the Jets for most of that time and getting to know them so well has helped make the transition quite smooth."

Billinghurst, who can also play as a middle linebacker if required, has a year to go on his Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering course and knows most of his new team mates already.

He added: "Obviously I’m familiar with the Jets players that have coached at the university, and have met a few of the management team on occasions as well.

"Everyone’s been very welcoming but having so many of my university team mates here as well has been a huge help in settling in."

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