Knights midfield gets double boost.
22nd July 2021
There is more transfer news today as Doncaster Knights announce the signing of midfielders Fraser Strachan & Joe Margetts from Ealing Trailfinders & Ayr Bulls respectively.
Strachan arrives having spent last season in West London with Ealing Trailfinders where he was prolific despite limited opportunity. The centre dotted down for three tries in three appearances in the Trailfinders runners up campaign.
Fraser developed through the Northampton Saints academy, making four senior appearances for the first team before moving to the capital. He also has plenty of experience in the Greene King IPA Championship after a loan spell at Bedford Blues.
The 22-year-old played in the 2017 A League Premiership final, and he continued to impress the following season, making another appearance in the Northampton Wanderers third consecutive A League final in which they beat Exeter Braves 31-21.
Fraser has also been recognized on the international front, initially playing through the age groups with Scotland before switching to represent England at Under-18 level and Bodes says he fits in perfectly with the Knights game plan this season. “Fraser is a guy we looked at very closely last season before he signed with Ealing, he’s young and hungry to develop, he has a very strong distribution game but also abrasive in contact.”
Fraser added, ‘I’m very excited to be joining Doncaster and it is clear to see from their results last season that they are a very good team and play some good rugby.
“Everyone at the club, from players to staff, have all been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to learning from the experienced coaches and pushing on in my career.”
Also hoping to start in the Knights midfield when September 18th rolls around is 24-year-old Joe Margetts.
Joe is another product of the Hartpury College rugby machine, having spent seven years at the institution in total. Margetts joined as 16-year-old in the College’s AASE team before progressing to the University ranks.
While studying for a degree in Business Management, Joe aided Hartpury’s BUCS side to a Super Rugby title and, upon graduating, was offered a contract with their Saturday side in the Championship.
Joe had agreed to join Ayr Bulls in the Scotland’s new Super Six tournament in September last year but Covid prevented the competition from going ahead.
Despite having had a slight break from the game, Bodes sees a lot of potential in his latest acquisition. “Joe last played competitively at Hartpury 18 months ago but he is a player I have been tracking for a while.
“He is a fantastic natural athlete with great, off-the-line, pace and strength in contact. We feel there is plenty of development in him but with hard work he can do very well.”
Joe added. “I’m very happy to have signed with Doncaster Knights and really excited to get the season started with the lads.
“Pre-season so far has showed me how driven and hungry our squad is from all the players through to the coaching staff and I’m looking forward to contributing towards this.”
Earlier today the 2021/22 Championship fixtures were announced with Knights kicking off away at Coventry on the weekend of September 18thbefore returning to Castle Park versus London Scottish a week later.
Season ticket information will be coming very soon.