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Gridiron: New faces sign up to freshen Jets challenge.

THE Cassidy Jets completed their roster overhaul this week with the signing of Stuart Ennis.

The former Birmingham Bull is expected to slot into the Jets defensive backfield as well as providing cover for new recruits Dax Michelena and Neil Balthazaar.

The trio effectively replace last season's quarterback options of BAFL 2007 MVP Tim Spaull, Luke Smith and Pete Davis.

Both Smith and Spaull headed to newly promoted Farnham Fastlane Knights, where they will challenge Ashley Heath for a starting role, while Davis transferred to Peterborough Saxons.

Taking the place of departed Kiwis Johnny Hopewell and Tyler Matia are Simon McEvoy and Prince Floyd. Tyler is now in the USA playing Arena Football for Rio Grande Valley Dorados while countryman Johnny is with Cassidy Jets' Eurobowl rivals Bergamo Lions.

Simon's former clubs include London Olympians and he is also a member of the Great Britain Lions squad. Prince is familiar to Jets fans as he played here last season when he visited with Madrid Bears.

Also arriving from the Olympians is Adewale Oyemade.

The diminutive linebacker adds speed and aggression to a linebacker core that lost American Jason Allen.

'Wylie' is joined by Canadian Alistair Bailey from Swiss club Winterthur Warriors - the two signings offsetting the loss of Liam Smith who has joined his brother Luke at the Knights.

Also joining the club are Great Britain running back Kofi Campbell, who started his Jets career in style with a 68-yard touchdown against Valencia.

He has moved in from Birmingham alongside the returning Dominic Olney and strong safety Nigel Dias.

None of these players can claim to come from a more storied team than wide receiver Jonathan Gordon who arrives with the Jets after a stint with UCLA in the United States top level of Collegiate Football.

As well as the established names that Jets have been able to sign come a crop of rookies - wide receiver Steve Podmore plus defensive backs Darren Mellor and Adam Grindrod.

Jets now head out to Oslo for a Eurobowl showdown with the Vikings whose 38-9 victory over Valencia Firebats makes Saturday's game a group decider.

Europe's second ranked team, Swarco Tirol Raiders, await the victor.

Coventry's victory last week saw them rise to their highest ever ranking - they currently sit 11th in the Euro top 20.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 22, 2008
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