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England Counties lock Kelly signs from Plymouth.

The Knights have added another piece to the puzzle with the acquisition of second-row John Kelly from Plymouth Albion.

24-year-old Kelly signs having been one of Albion’s most consistent performers in recent season, having clocked over 50 senior appearances despite his relative lack of years.

John’s efforts for Plymouth saw him selected to the Devon senior side where he caught the eye of the England Counties selectors and was picked to tour Georgia last summer; featuring as England drew the two-match series.

Capable also in the back row, John fits the bill for new Head Coach Steve Boden as a relatively untapped young talent looking to take his game to the next level. “John is someone who we think has the potential to become a consistent performer in the Championship.

“There are areas for development within his game and he will need to settle in a professional environment but he has raw ability to carry the ball and a physicality that we like and it will be interesting to see how he develops at Castle Park.”

Before arriving at Brickfields, the Plymouth University graduate made his mark in National Two South with Exmouth, stringing together a series of impressive performances following his debut in January 2017.

John has also represented Exeter Chiefs’ outreach side against the Royal Navy U23s but is now committed to being part of a successful new era for Doncaster Knights under Steve Boden. “I was attracted to sign with Donny because of Steve’s plans and vision for the Club.

“He has high prospects for the Knights and I believe we can do well and become a force over the coming seasons”

John’s signing takes the total of confirmed 2020/21 squad members to twenty-seven.

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] BEN BETTS [NEW SIGNING 2 YEARS] 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].

 

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