London Scottish have issued a statement of intent this week by securing deals for two of the fastest players in English rugby.
Winger Miles Mantella, who finished top of this season's Greene King IPA Championship try scoring charts, has penned a new two-year contract with London Scottish, whilst fellow winger Matt Williams has agreed to join Scottish from Moseley, also signing a two-year deal.
Mantella joined London Scottish permanently ahead of the 2013/14 season, having spent the previous year at the Club on a dual-registered agreement from parent club Harlequins.
In his first year at London Scottish the 22-year-old scored seven Championship tries but this season he has taken his game to a new level having crossed the try line 19 times, making him the Championship's leading try scorer.
Former England Sevens player Williams has 13 Championship tries to his name this season and his stand-out attacking qualities have attracted interest from several high profile suitors.
However the 25-year-old has opted to join London Scottish as the Club aim to be genuine top four Championship contenders next year.
“Having both Miles and Matt in our squad is something which will really excite our fans,” Head Coach James Buckland said this week.
“Matt Williams has done a fantastic job for Moseley this year.
“He is a natural born finisher and when he gets opportunities, he tends to take them.
“We played against Moseley recently and witnessed how much life he can bring to an attack.
“Miles has decided to stay at London Scottish and I am delighted because he has been outstanding for us on and off the pitch.
“The test for him is to back up what he has done this season.”
Buckland added: “We want attack-minded players and both Matt and Miles can give us that element of X-Factor.
“The task for our forward pack in particular is to allow two genuine finishers the chance to shine.”
Mantella said: “If you had given me 19 tries at the beginning of this season I would definitely have taken that.
“I have had more game time and more responsibility on the park this year which I believe has improved me as a player.
“I am extremely happy to be staying and look forward to pushing on next season and having an even better season.”
Williams said: “Once I knew London Scottish were interested, I was really keen on the move.
“The Club play a good brand of rugby with Miles Mantella and Mark Bright scoring lots of tries this season.
“Being a winger, the first question you get asked is how many tries you scored and it would be nice to be up there next season along with Miles at the top of the scoring charts.”
He added: “The Club has got great ambition and I want to help them cement a place in the top four next season.”