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The New York Rumble announced on Monday a major signing in defensive handler Andrew Hollingworth.

After living in Atlanta for the last five years, Hollingworth decided to relocate to the New York area and take the next step in his impressive ultimate career.

“I am in the process of relocating from Atlanta to New York, so I was excited to get the chance to play for a professional team in the area,” said Hollingworth.

After learning about the potential move, Rumble Head Coach Anthony Nuñez quickly jumped on the opportunity to reach out to Hollingworth and discuss the possibility of signing to the team.

A defensive handler, Hollingworth hopes to step into a young, but talented defensive line, and help lead by example.

“On the field I try to bring a lot of positive energy and a big defensive effort,” said Hollingworth.

Coach Nuñez also hopes Hollingworth can be a leader for some of the younger guys on the team through his vast experience.

“Andrew is a defensive line handler with a huge amount of ultimate experience,” said Nuñez. “Even though he is in his mid-twenties, he has the experience that most players don’t get until their thirties.”

Hollingworth comes to the Rumble sporting an impressive resume over his ultimate career. A Massachusetts native, Hollingworth began playing ultimate at Amherst High School, where he won a national championships in 2004 and Eastern Championship in 2005 and 2006. Upon graduating, Hollingworth played on the 2006 Team USA Juniors Open team, which won the WFDF World Junior Championship against Canada.

Hollingworth then went on to play for Tufts University, where he captained the team to an 11th place finish at the UPA College Championships in 2009.

On the club scene, Hollingworth has played for Massachusetts-based team Bodhi, where he captained the team in 2008 and 2009. Most recently, Hollingworth has been a staple the last five seasons on Atlanta-based club team Chain Lightning, where he has captained the past two seasons.

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