Cheesman returns to Adams Park
July 11, 2011
Cheesman links up with Wasps having completed his studies at Oxford University © Getty Images
Wasps have signed England Sevens international Alex Cheesman on a one-year contract.
The 22-year-old has joined the Aviva Premiership club after completing his degree at Oxford University. Cheesman initially came through the Wasps academy before heading to Oxford, where he was coached by former England boss Brian Ashton and played in three Varsity matches.
He continued to represent Wasps during his studies and he has returned to the club as their 12th senior signing ahead of the new season. "I am thrilled to be returning to what I consider my rugby playing home," said Cheeseman.
"Under the guidance of Brian Ashton it's great that I've been able to be part of Oxford University's rugby club whilst studying. My goal has always been to play Premiership rugby and to be back at Wasps doing so is an honour."
Academy Manager Rob Smith, who coached Cheesman during his time with the Academy, said: "With the Academy, only the players that reach the highest levels gain public recognition and this is hopefully only the tip of the iceberg for Alex. Only a few places are available each year for those players to go into the senior set-up, so many very talented young players need to follow other development routes.
"Alex is one of those who has gone away from our system and worked very hard, and it is of great and particular delight for all of the Academy staff when a player progresses through to the top level and in this case comes back home. This is great news and richly deserved."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton
Cards, kicks, slips and scores: It's The Week in Pictures, the finest snaps from the last seven days of rugby
Huw Richards Rewinds to 1975 when three Welsh legends were handed their debuts and assesses their legacy
Seven places in the Champions Cup quarter-finals are up for grabs; we break down the permutations for each group in the final round of matches