HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE CLUB # 4 ALEC CLAREY
July 27 2020
Tight-head prop Alec Clarey joins Saracens from Jersey Reds where he has spent the last 3 years. Originally from Witton Park, Alec played for Bishop Auckland Academy and was awarded a rugby scholarship at Barnard Castle School. He didn’t start playing until he was 14. He became the first International rugby player from Bishop Auckland Rugby Club when he was selected to represent England U18 against Leicester Academy in 2012. It was rumoured that he would join Leicester Tigers but in the end Alec joined Hartpury where he won the BUCS Championship Final in 2014 and was selected to represent England Students before spending a year with Bristol. He actually played for the Bristol A team which beat Saracens in 2015/16. He was dual registered with London Welsh.
He then crossed the Channel to the Bailiwick of Jersey in 2017. Gloucester were also interested in signing Alec but despite Saracens’ relegation, he decided to join the reigning English & European Champions.
Last season Alec’s dad, Wayne, who coaches the U11’s at Bishop Auckland, was invited to bring his young charges to Kingston Park to form the guard of honour when the Falcons entertained Jersey Reds, in honour of Alec. One of the youngsters, Oliver Harris, said “It's so inspiring to meet someone from my club who has made it to professional level. It’s great to be here with all my team mates on this special day”.
Alec put in a number of excellent performances for Jersey Reds last year and was named in the TRP GK Championship Team of the Season 2019-20.
Alec follows our very own Baz Barrington in making the journey from the front row in Jersey to the front row in Barnet: indeed the 2 may well line up together shortly. Sarries of course have lost Titi Lamositele and with ongoing fitness doubts over Juan Figallo, Alec will be in contention along with Vincent Koch (who may be needed by the Springboks) and Josh Ibuanokpe together with some promising Academy talent – Sam Wainwright, Harvey Beaton and Mink Scahrink.
On joining Sarries, Alec said: I’m over the moon, I’m proper buzzing. It’s a dream come true like everyone else says. I’ve been in the Championship for three years now and to be honest I didn’t know where things were going to go after that so it was a massive thing for Saracens to say they wanted me. I’m looking to take this opportunity and just do the best I can with it. Nothing else is going to come like this in your life so I’m going to give everything I’ve got. It would be good to have that environment where I can develop with different people and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”
Smally said “Alec is an experienced Championship Prop who had an outstanding season last year. We are excited about his potential and are looking forward to working with him. The Championship is the perfect breeding ground for front row forwards and hopefully Alec can emulate others who have arrived at our club from this competition and become top Premiership players”.pqs: qs:
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