In our continued series of profiling Bath Rugby's new Senior Academy recruits, we take a look at Max Ojomoh. The 18 year-old forms part of the Club's commitment to deliver a 50% homegrown squad by 2023.
NAME – MAX OJOMOH
AGE – 18
POSITION – INSIDE CENTRE
PREVIOUS CLUB / SCHOOL – CHIPPENHAM RFC / KING EDWARDS SCHOOL
WHERE DID YOUR RUGBY JOURNEY START?
I first started playing rugby at Bath U5s and stayed there for a couple of years before moving onto Chippenham RFC and I played there around nine seasons.
We had a really good team there and it was nice to see George Worboys, who I played with there also get an academy contract.
The club allowed us to play free flowing rugby and develop our skills without too much restriction, and the relationships we built with the team on and off the field were second to none.
WHICH PLAYER DID YOU LOOK UP TO GROWING UP?
I started playing as a number eight, but moved to playing at inside centre three years ago. When I was growing up, I looked up to my dad (former Bath Rugby player Steve) a lot, I used to watch his old VCR tapes which was pretty cool.
Since my positional change, and because I was already in the Bath system, I've looked up to the likes of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Joseph.
REFLECTION ON 2018/19
On King Edwards
School rugby was fun at King Edwards - we always had a good year group and that is one of the main reasons I stayed to play on there. Having Craig Lilley coaching really helped me to develop my game, so I had really good coaching consistency through school and the Academy.
On Bath Rugby U18s
“The U18s season was a good year. We worked hard as a team, but we were gutted not to be able to be in the final at Finals day. However, it was a really great experience to play at Allianz Park in the third place play-off against Wasps.
It was the first time we had played there with that many people in the crowd, the sound system was blaring it was a real insight. It was incredible. The momentum swing in that Wasps game was unbelievable from the team. To be 25 points down, everyone stuck together, and it was nice to see the hard work from the season had paid off.
Aims moving forward
The aim is to improve as a player and develop my game, I want to learn off the first team, play good rugby and feature for Bath United as many times as I can. I want to build on my consistency and hopefully give myself the best possible start for life in the Senior Academy.
I am really excited. I have been given tasters of what it is like over the past couple of years as I have come up to training but the amount, I will learn from being with them day-in day-out should be a really good experience. I want to get fitter as well, so if I can do that hopefully I will be able to do more in a game.
WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU BRING TO THE SQUAD
I am a really good communicator. I am loud, so I wouldn’t be surprised if supporters at the Rec could hear me on the pitch! I feel I am good at distributing the ball and carrying into tackles to beat the gain line.
XAVIER HASTINGS on Max Ojomoh
Max is a very talented player. He possesses a powerful running game and has the ability to distribute the ball across the park with ease. He has an eye for finding space and brings players into the game, which is a good trait to have.