Stags aiming to give star duo a winning send-off

Dan Malem plays his final match for Huntingdon today before moving to New Zealand. Picture: HELEN DR

Dan Malem plays his final match for Huntingdon today before moving to New Zealand. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon head coach Damien Whales wants to ensure two of his most influential players leave in style today (Saturday).

Prolific full-back Dan Malem and powerhouse Argentinian flanker Mauro de Almeida will both make their final appearances for Stags in a Midlands Division One East clash against Kettering at The Racecourse, 2.15pm.

Malem, who has racked up more than a century of points for Stags, is off to sample the sport in the Southern Hemisphere after being given the opportunity to play in New Zealand for a season, while de Almeida is returning to his homeland in South America after just over a year with Huntingdon.

Whales said: “It is going to a double farewell and one which will come with mixed emotions.

“We’re all gutted to lose Mauro as he has been absolutely phenomenal in his time with the club, but he feels the time is right to return to his native Argentina.

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“On the other hand, we are delighted to see Dan go. In fact we’re envious of the experience he’ll have in New Zealand.

“We’re all focused on giving both guys a fitting send-off with a good performance and result against Kettering.

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“It will be a huge challenge for the squad to cope without two of our key players, but we’ve faced plenty of tests like that this season after suffering so many serious injuries.”

Huntingdon have slipped to sixth in the Midlands Division One East table following a last-gasp 17-16 loss at Ilkeston last Saturday.

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