Former Tigers tight head Ben Betts signs.
17th June 2020
23-year-old prop forward Ben Betts pens from Championship rivals Ealing Trailfinders ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The Irishman arrives in South Yorkshire from Ealing having spent the 2019/20 season on loan with Nottingham where he made 11 appearances.
Before his move to the capital Ben played for Leicester Tigers, making five appearances for the Welford Road side & Head Coach Steve Boden believes the Munster man has the potential to develop into a top flight player again in the future. “We believe Ben’s best rugby is yet to come – he is a mobile tight head with a solid work rate.
“There is definitely plenty of potential in him and we believe he has a lot of growth in his game that can be unlocked in the environment we’re creating next season.
“He’s an ambitious guy with a good attitude and he will add some real competition at the tight head position.”
Before moving to England, Ben played for Munster at Youth, Under-19 and Under-20 levels and also represented his country at Under-19s and Under-20s; reaching the final of the World Junior Championship in 2016.
In his first season with the Trailfinders Ben featured 10 times and has gained experience in National One with Chinnor & Loughborough Students also.
Commenting on his decision to sign with the Knights Ben said. “I’m really excited to join what sounds like an exciting new squad with loads of ambition & potential to develop under Steve Boden.
“Doncaster have great history in the competition and a reputation of being big up front with lots of firepower which really appeals to me
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity for me personally as I want to test myself and get as much exposure as possible against the best teams in the league and help the Knights push forward.”
Ben’s signing takes the total of confirmed 2020/21 squad members twenty.
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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] BEN BETTS [NEW SIGNING 2 YEARS].