Doncaster Knights have confirmed the signing of second-row Will Britton on a one-year deal from Bath Rugby.
Knights fans will remember Will from a short spell at Castle Park in February while on dual-registration from Bath but he has now made the move permanent.
Schooled in Wiltshire, Britton progressed through the Bath Academy set up to make his first team debut in January 2018; aiding the Blue, Black & Whites to a 21-8 victory over Newcastle Falcons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
The 24-year-old was dual-registered with Yorkshire Carnegie for 2018/19 season and featured regularly for the Tykes between returning to The Rec for Bath’s Premiership Rugby Cup games.
It was at Headingley that Head Coach Steve Boden first came across Will & he is glad to have secured his services as a Knight. “Will is somebody I’ve worked with before at Carnegie, he’s had a taste of a Premiership environment at Bath and wants to develop again to get back to that environment.
“He’s abrasive with his carries and tackles, he has a high work rate and will be a great fit for the team.”
Will studied for a Sport & Social Sciences degree at the University of Bath while part of the setup at Farleigh House and Captained the University 1stXV for successive BUCS Super Rugby campaigns resulting in an England Students call up in 2018.
With pre-season now up and running Britton says he more than ready to get back into the swing of things and be part of this exciting new Knights squad. “The prospect of playing for a club with a history of a strong pack and forward-based play was really attractive to me.
“Having worked with Steve previously at Yorkshire Carnegie, I know what he is about and I’m excited to work with him again this season.
“I hope to play consistent rugby and develop my game throughout the course of the season. As for the team, I hope we come together well over the preseason block and fulfill our potential throughout the 20/21 season.”
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] SAM GRAHAM [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BILLY MCBRYDE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JAMES NEWEY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK DAVIES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JOE JONES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] GEORGE ROBERTS [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JACK SPITTLE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK ROUSE [ONE SEASON LOAN] JOHN KELLY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], GAZ DENMAN [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], HARRY STRONG [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] TOM BACON [ONE SEASON LOAN] WILL BRITTON [NEW SIGNING ONE YEAR]