The good news keeps coming as it is confirmed that fly-half Billy McBryde has signed from Welsh Premiership side RGC 1404.
The 22-year-old arrives following a tremendous 2019/20 with the North Walians.
The stand off had 163 points to his name, including 6 six tries, when the season was prematurely ended – some 40 points more than any other player in the competition.
Billy joined RGC ahead of the 2018/19 season and played 50 consecutive games having developed through the Scarlets and Llanelli youth programmes.
Son of former Wales international hooker Robin McBryde, Billy made his Llanelli debut aged 18as a substitute against Cross Keys. A year and a half later he made his Scarlets debut against Bath in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
He was selected for Wales U20 for the 2016 Six Nations Under 20s Championship. His debut came in the opening game against Scotland U20. Coming on in the 79th minute, and immediately scoring a penalty to win the game for Wales.
Billy was selected again for the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship, and made a further three appearances.
McBryde is the second 22-year-old to confirm his signing with the Knights this week and, much like with Sam Graham, Head Coach Steve Boden sees vast potential in his latest acquisition. “Billy is a great fit for us as a developing team, he has a very strong and varied kicking game which we really like.
“We feel Billy has a lot of areas to grow, which is exciting with the drive and ambition he has – particularly working alongside Joe Ford.
“Billy will give us great balance, and drive competition in the fly-half position with Sam Olver, which can only be a good thing for the team and for both players as individuals.”
In addition to his age grade honours, Billy has represented his country at Sevens but is now set on succeeding in the Championship with the Knights. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of a new-look Knights squad and testing myself in a tough league.
“Even after my first conversation with Steve, the ambition he had for the Club was clear and I’m looking forward to linking up with the staff and players and putting on the Knights jersey for the upcoming season.”
Billy’s signing takes the total of confirmed 2020/21 squad members nineteen.
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2020/2021 current squad.
ANDREW FOSTER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], KYLE EVANS [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], MATT SMITH [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], REISS CULLEN [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], SAM OLVER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR]
CHARLIE FOLEY [RETAINED 1 YEAR], HOWARD PACKMAN [RETAINED 1 YEAR], WILL HOLLING [RETAINED 1 YEAR], MATT CHALLINOR [RETAINED 1 YEAR], SAM POCKLINGTON [RETAINED 1 YEAR], ROBIN HISLOP [RETAINED 2 YEARS], BEN HUNTER [RETAINED 1 YEAR].
JAMES KANE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] MARK BEST [NEW SIGNING 1 + 1 YEAR] JAMES MITCHELL [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] CONOR JOYCE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] TOM HILL [SIGNING 2 YEARS] SAM GRAHAM [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BILLY MCBRYDE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR].