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Joe re-joined Lucs at the beginning of last season after a sabbatical away from here at Ludlow RFC. Having come through our junior section he is well and truly a home-grown Luctonian, however we have only just started feeling the benefits of his development in the last year or so. Within just a couple of training sessions of him being back, it was easy to see the ability possessed by Doyler. He broke straight into the 1st XV at the start of last season off the back of some strong pre-season performances, and has since become an irreplaceable figure at full-back. In what must have been a memorable year for him personally with the birth of his young daughter, Joe scored the winning try on that incredible day against Leicester Lions at the end of last season, scooped the Most Improved Player and Top Try-Scorer awards at the club’s presentation evening before going on to gain selection for North Midlands and star in a couple of wins for the county. I would suspect he is fairly glad he made the move back now!
This season, Joe is becoming more of a leader within the dressing room, after sustaining a strong pre-season within the gym that involved him putting on some bulk to assist his quick feet. Unfortunately a two week holiday at the start of the season, saw the weight drop off and Doyler return to his rake-like self! A fairly reserved character off the field, I shall refrain from giving Joe too much grief here as he lives two doors down from me and is a highly valuable source as a designated driver. All I will say is that he has some appalling tattoos more akin to a Serbian gang member!