New OPMs signig Ollie Harcus wants to succeed with Plymouth club
NEW OPMs signing and former Plymouth Albion hopeful Ollie Harcus revealed he put pen to paper because he felt the Cornwall-Devon League club could move forward.
The Marjon student, who played for National League team Worthing's development side, said of OPMs: "It's a nice club. They're really nice people and I wanted to play for a team who are grounded and not full of superstars.
"It's not about them (OPMs) being the best team in Devon, or anything like that.
"The team have got a good feeling of camaraderie and the boys have been very welcoming."
Harcus, a sports development student at UCP Marjon, said he intended to commit himself to OPMs.
He said he would also continue his links with Worthing, the club he has been with since he was eight.
He intends to train with the south coast team during university holidays.
Back-row or prop Harcus, who was with the now-defunct Plymouth Albion development team, said: "I'm looking to try and cement myself in the (OPMs') team as a starting player.
"I'm a back-row or a prop, but as long as I can be competitive, I will play in any position.
"This year, OPMs have done very well, because they're in a good place in the league.
"But it's next year I think they will push upwards."
OPMs boss Leigh Puttock has been tracking Harcus for a year and was delighted when he finally nailed the player's signature.
The city team have been gradually strengthening their playing squad after being promoted from Devon One last season.
OPMs were promoted in second place via the play-offs after finishing the regular season behind Exeter-based outfit Wessex.
But while Wessex have struggled this season and are trying to escape relegation, OPMs have already secured Cornwall-Devon rugby for next season.