Exeter snap up Knights pair

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Alex Brown and Jack Yeandle depart the Knights

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Brett Davey is disappointed to lose front-row pair Alex Brown and Jack Yeandle who will both leave Castle Park this summer for Sandy Park having signed with Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Both only 22 they have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the Premiership having arrived at the Knights at the start of this season from the rugby wilderness and DOR Davey is delighted they have developed so quickly.

Although formerly of Saracens, Brown had been plying his trade in National Three Midlands with Old Albanians prior to their promotion, before soon establishing himself as first-choice tight-head prop at Doncaster.

Brown said: “I’m very grateful to Doncaster for developing my career, without them I’d never have got the chance to play in the Premiership; I wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Yeandle has shared the hooker’s jersey with experienced campaigner Steve Boden, making 27 appearances already this season; missing just three partially through injury. The Exeter born front row forward transferred to the Knights straight from University Club side UWIC in the Welsh leagues and has developed a long way in his short spell in South Yorkshire.

Yeandle said: “I’m very lucky for the break Brett gave me and I didn’t really want to leave, but Exeter are my home club and I have supported them since I was a kid so it was a very tough decision to make.

“I hope Doncaster go from strength to strength and I thank them for putting me in this position now, but the season isn’t over I still have a job to do for the Knights.”

The Club is proud to have developed two such young players into Premiership candidates and would like to wish them both the best of luck in the South West.

DOR, Davey said: “It’s disappointing to lose two quality players, but I would never begrudge a player moving to the higher level.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of success with Exeter in the Premiership and the future rugby careers.”

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