OXFORDSHIRE winger Dan Brady has made the step up from Banbury Bulls to Chinnor.

The 21-year-old jumps three divisions to join the National League 1 side, after impressing in South West 1 East for his former club.

Meanwhile, the Thame-based outfit have announced the signing of a second winger, Ollie Smith, who has made an impression with Northumbria University in recent seasons.

Brady has been one of Banbury’s top performers for the last three campaigns and scored ten tries in eight matches in 2019/20, despite being hampered by a wrist injury.

The pacey back has represented his county at every age group, as well as making the South West Under 18s squad, and cannot wait to test himself at a higher level under director of rugby Richard Thorpe.

He said: “I was really impressed with what Richard Thorpe had to say and he emphasised the opportunity I would have to further develop as a player.

“Having previously been coached by (team manager) Matty Mountford for Oxfordshire last year, I knew he was a great guy to work with as well.

“Having been at Banbury for three seasons, it was time for a new challenge and I’m massively grateful to everyone for all of their help.

“I’m now looking to work hard and hopefully I get the opportunity to pull on the Chinnor shirt in the National Leagues.”

Thorpe hopes the new arrival can flourish at Kingsey Road.

He said: “Whilst we will have a competitive back three this season, Dan has the raw speed which could see him play a pivotal role in how we score tries.

“Our attacking philosophy – currently under development with our coaching team – should see Dan with the ball in hands in space, allowing for him to demonstrate his true potential.”

Smith, originally from Bath, has also moved to the third tier side for 2020/21.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed terrorising opponents in the BUCS Super League, but is ready for a new challenge.

He said: “I’ve heard good things about the club and it seems like the best place to develop my rugby.

“After speaking to Richard Thorpe, it just seems like a very professional set-up and he made it clear that if I wanted to develop, this is the right place for me.

“I’m looking forward to getting started and I’m ready to compete in National League 1.”

The elusive back caught Thorpe’s eye with a string of exciting displays and Chinnor’s chief is hoping Smith can continue that form for his new side.

He said: “Ollie stood out to me during our search for evasive wingers who can penetrate in midfield with elusive footwork, yet still finish out wide with raw pace.

“He’s a young player with the potential to develop, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action for us this season.”