Will Wand secures move to Championship side Coventry Rugby Club
Spalding Rugby Club protégé Will Wand has taken the next step in his promising career after moving into the full-time professional ranks.
Wand has landed a move to Championship club Coventry following an impressive season with Cambridge in National One.
The 20-year-old helped Cambridge secure a fourth place finish with a series of impressive performances that caught the eye of the higher level Midlands side.
And the former Spalding Grammar School pupil is now relishing the next challenge in a career which started out as a four-year-old at the town's rugby club.
Wand explained: "I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead which should be good.
"I don't know what the step up is going to be like, but I'm sure that it will be challenging and I need to be in a full-time environment if I'm going to keep improving.
"I was lucky enough to have a good season at Cambridge and managed to get the game-time which I needed.
"Fortunately the coaches at the club saw something in me and it just went from there. I have learned a lot from being there and it's really brought on my career being at such a good club.
"If I hadn't had a good season with good players and coaches around me then I wouldn't have found myself in this position.
"I have really enjoyed being at Cambridge but I do feel that now is the right time to make the step up.
"It's best decision for me to make if I want to keep getting better and improving to crack on with my career.
"It will be good for me to be training every day in a professional environment and it's definitely a step in the right direction if I want to push on.
"I have got aspirations to keep pushing on further if I'm lucky enough so I've just got to keep focused and working hard."
Wand had progressed through the age groups as a youngster at Spalding and was full of praise for his home-town club.
He added: "I wouldn't be in this position at all without the likes of Spalding Rugby Club.
"They have definitely played a big part in my career and I will be forever grateful for that.
"It's a good environment to be part of and gives youngsters something to look forward to during the week.
"It keeps them focused and it's nice to just come down with your friends at that young age and play a bit of rugby."
Will's younger brother Tom is also following in his footsteps after becoming part of the Leicester Tigers Under 18 Academy.