Georgie Wood is on board again for Eastbourne – after a scintillating end to the season.

The IT First Eagles have cited the Kent-based racer’s form in the closing weeks of the cup-winning 2016 campaign as a key reason behind bringing him back.

New dad Wood, whose partner Lauren recently gave birth to daughter Sienna-Rose, is back at Arlington for a third season.

Team manager Connor Dugard believes Wood could succeed Adam Ellis as top man in the order.

Dugard said: “It’s quite easy to build a team around George because he could be our No.1.

“I could see him adding a point-and-a-half to his average.

“He had a really good end to the season, especially his home form in the last month or two.

“He has been on fire and outscored Adam a couple of times.”

Wood is the first team member confirmed for next season.

Ellis has moved on, securing a ride in the new-look Premiership with Swindon and also signing for Ostrow in Poland.