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The Kent Exiles Adult Team have been hard at work since returning to training in early January, and the strength and depth of coaching and players should set this team up for an exciting season ahead in the Premiership South Division.

Since last season there has been a lot of positive moves on the coaching roster. Previous Head Coach John Moore stepped down from his interim position, leaving the team in the more than capable hands of former Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach Junior Hayden. Coach Moore said this of new Head Coach Junior Hayden:

Coach Junior Hayden is an exceptional coach, a great leader and a very knowledgeable football man. One only has to look at the success of KCL, his University Team to see that his methods breed success. So, I am sad to go, but content that the Exiles are in very good hands.

Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Junior Hayden is joined by new Offensive Coordinator Nate Wilson. The former London Olympians Head Coach is coming back to the game after a few years away and brings with him a wealth of experience from a coaching career that includes an U17 National Championship win as HC, taking Kingston University from Div 2 to Prem as HC, 3 National Titles with London Blitz U19 as DC. We look forward to seeing what this impressive resume can bring to the Exiles.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Exiles are pleased to welcome Defensive Line coach Kwincy Osei-Asibey. Coach Osei-Asibey previously played for the Hertfordshire Hurricanes and London Olympians and has coached at Kingston University.

The Coaching roster is rounded out with familiar faces to the Exiles family. Zac Ritchie returns as Quarterbacks Coach, Jared Doherty-Gray is taking on the Wide Receivers coaching role, Nana Pratt is our new Linebackers coach, Thomas Evans will be handling the Running Backs, and Manny Oyewole and Vincent Adeniyi will combine their skills and experience as Defensive Backs coaches.

The wealth of experience and depth of knowledge our coaches and assistant coaches bring to this club is second to none, and should set the Exiles up for a competitive season. Our first game on Sunday 16th April can’t come soon enough.

The Exiles are still recruiting for a couple of coaching roles – including Offensive Line and Special Teams – so if you think you have what it takes to make a difference, on either side of the ball, make sure to get in touch!

Players – there is still time to register for this season and start making a name for yourself at the Premiership level!

HC Junior Hayden:

Believe that this is the right place to be and we can make a difference