24 Dec BRIDGEND RAVENS SIGN ED HOWLEY
Bridgend Ravens are delighted to announce the signing of full back Ed Howley, who joins the club from Cardiff RFC.
With the current uncertainty around the resumption of competitive rugby in Wales, Howley has agreed to commit the club for any rugby to be played in 2020/21 along with a full season in 2021/22.
Howley joins Bridgend Ravens with an abundance of top level semi professional experience. The 25 year old has enjoyed stints with Newport, Neath and Cardiff and joins up with Steve Jones’ squad from the capital side. He is the fourth player to make the switch West, following Zac O’Driscoll, Kieran Martin and Joseph Gatt to the Morganstone Brewery Field.
Bridgend born, Ed attended Llantwit Major School as a youngster and his first rugby club was Pontyclun. Howley rose to prominence with Maesteg RFC and was selected for the Ospreys Academy during his youth years. His fine form in Wales’ lower divisions saw him move to Newport for two seasons.
He was picked up by Neath in time for 2016/17 and his performances for the Welsh All Blacks earned him the January 2017 Premiership Player of the Month Award. He stayed with Neath until late in 2018, when financial difficulties at the Gnoll side saw him make the switch to Cardiff RFC. He played for the Blue & Blacks for 18 months, winning the Specsavers National Cup in 2018/19.
Ed was delighted to put pen to paper on a deal with Bridgend Ravens ‘I’m really happy to have signed for Bridgend. I’ve seen the strong signings we have made already which made it an easy decision. Hopefully it’s not too long before we can start up again and get going. The Morganstone Brewery Field was never an easy place to come and play so I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.
Steve (Jones) and Ed (Griffith) have spoken highly of the club and players, hopefully I can contribute to the club climbing back up the table where we should be.’
After landing another significant signing to his squad, Head Coach Steve Jones commented ‘It’s great to have secured Ed’s services with the club which helps us build even more competition for places within the squad.
Ed has always been a thorn in our side when playing against him and hopefully he can show that form in a Bridgend shirt in the future.
We as a coaching group are looking to build a strong, sustainable squad with local players from the Bridgend area and with Ed being an ex member of the Bridgend College rugby programme he fits that bill perfectly.’