Five more players sign for Stags with the big kick-off fast approaching

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Hemel Stags have signed another crop of players to their 2013 Championship 1 squad.

Outside-back Aaron Small, props Ian Keevil and Aidan Pritchard, full-back Harry Mostyn and hooker Joel Miranda have all signed contracts at the Pennine Way club.

Head coach Troy Perkins said: ‘These five players have outstanding qualities and I am really looking forward to seeing how they integrate into the squad during pre-season.

“I expected big things from Aaron Small as he has a great attitude and has good experience of Championship 1.

“Ian, Aidan and Harry have come from a good environment at Loughborough University and Aidan has played a lot at Hemel.

“Aidan was one of the best props in the NCL 3 this year and I am looking forward to seeing him step up.

“Joel is a fantastic signing and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he was pushing for the Italian international side for the World Cup in 2013.”

The Stags have now started their pre-season training, with 35 players all vying for a place in the first game of the Championship 1 season.

Stags community manager Tom Williams said: “We are preparing well for next year and it is an exciting prospect to see an organically-grown club step into the professional ranks.”