Two of Peterborough Lions’ best players have joined local rivals Huntingdon.
Full-back Reggie Reid and fly-half Duncan Low have decided to step down a level and play for Huntingdon in Midlands Division One next season.
Both were key members of the Lions side last season that almost crowned their debut campaign in the National League with promotion to Division Two.
Prop forward Luke Murphy - a bit-part player in the Lions first XV last season - has also moved from Bretton Park to The Racecourse.
Lions chaiman Andy Moore said: “Reggie and Duncan did a wonderful job for us last season and both will be sorely missed. We’re sorry to see them go.
“But Duncan was offered a coaching role at Huntingdon, something we couldn’t give him at the Lions, and Reggie couldn’t commit to training twice a week with us next season - something our coach Darren Fox insists on.
“I’m sure all three of them will do a marvellous job for Huntingdon and we wish them well.
“Now we have to search for some replacements and hope we can hang on to the rest of our squad. Higher level clubs, I know, have been sniffing round some of our forwards.”
Huntingdon skipper Doug Bentley described the signing of Reid, an RAF player based at RAF Wyton who has won international honours with Germany, as ‘a real coup for the club’.
He said: “Reggie is a real talent and we’re delighted he wanted to be a part of a what we’re trying to achieve.”