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Jets boost in defence with help of US pair; AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

COVENTRY Cassidy Jets have bolstered their off-colour defence with two new American recruits.

Having suffered only two domestic defeats in the previous four years, the Jets have already been toppled three times this season, leaking 20 points per game in the process.

But they hope to shape up as a much more solid unit at Sussex Thunder on Sunday after drafting in Dustin Dlouhy and Frank Herlihy, who both have experience in the States and Europe.

Born in Boise, Idaho, Dlouhy made his mark with the University of Montana Grizzlies and led the US to the 2007 World Championship triumph in Japan before joining Jets quarterback Stuart Franklin at Valencia Firebats, where he picked up an MVP award as they retained the Spanish title.

He will line up at defensive end while Herlihy - an all-state linebacker while at Bishop Timon High School - will slot in behind him at linebacker.

"I've decided to play for the Jets because I know from playing EFAF Cup in 2008 for the Carinthian Black Lions that they're a well respected organisation and a team that wins football games," said Herlihy, who racked up 90 tackles and five rushing touchdowns in seven games for the Austrian outfit.

"My goal is to win the Britbowl while I'm in the UK and to have a positive influence on the way American Football is viewed internationally. If I can spark some interest and persuade some of the junior players to pursue playing NCAA in the states while studying, then I've taken a step towards my overall goal."

Dlouhy added: "They are the premier team in the UK. I'd like to have a positive impact on the local community and the help the sport grow but most importantly I want to win another championship with my new friends and team-mates".

Jets are hoping to confirm three more arrivals later this week and Franklin said: "Dustin and Frank are class acts and impressed me with their attitude and ability. They're more than just players, their coaching ability should see our defence improve no end."
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