Many congratulations to Rex Lane and Tom Collins, both Upper Sixth pupils at Bede’s, who celebrate being signed to prestigious USA university teams from next season. Rex has signed to Bates College while Tom will join fellow former Bede’s pupil Matt Pickering at Dartmouth College.
Tyler Sheikh, Head Coach of Bates College men’s soccer team, comments on Rex's signing: “We expect big things from Rex. He'll be a thorn in the side of NESCAC defences all four seasons with us. He's a natural scorer who will push our returning and incoming attackers to new heights. Even better, he's a humble lad and raised incredibly well so he'll be a welcome addition to the locker room as we chase a championship.”
Bo Oshoniyi, The Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men's Soccer, comments on Tom's signing: “Tom was identified early on by our staff and then came over to attend our summer camps. His work rate and desire stood out immediately. Our interactions with Tom made it clear that he was the type of guy we wanted in our locker room. You are always looking for personality characteristics of guys who desire to play in the central midfield role and he is a guy who will help keep us organized and demand a level of work rate out of the teammates around him.”
David Caryer, Director of Football at Bede’s, adds, “I am really pleased that both Tom and Rex are continuing their football journeys at such excellent establishments, which will not only prove them with world-class facilities, coaching and opportunities but also allow them to continue their academic education. Both have been outstanding advocates of Bede’s football and key members of the Bede’s 1st XI squad for the last three years. I wish them all the best and will be keeping a close eye on their progress in the coming years.”
Rex and Tom celebrate their USA signings with fellow Upper Sixth pupil Sam Bickersteth, who will join the Lake Forest College soccer team at the end of this academic year.