Newey next to join Knights new era.
19th June 2020
The Knights latest exciting new signing comes in the form of 22-year-old centre James Newey who joins from Jersey Reds.
James’ exploits on the Island mean he is already a well-respected force in the Championship despite his relative lack of years.
On loan from Bristol, Newey was just a teenager when he made his Championship debut featuring four times in the 2017/18 campaign.
His efforts were enough to earn him a full time contract with The Reds and he’s been impressing ever since scoring nine tries in 40 appearances over the last two season.
James has been particularly prolific against the Knights in recent years, having scored in three of his six encounters against us for Jersey.
Now, with his new deal agreed, James is hoping he can be dotting down in Donny colours as soon as possible. “I’m really looking forward to playing for The Knights, I’d like to play a key role in the team’s ambition next season to improve and turn heads.
“I was attracted to sign with The Knights after speaking with Steve Boden and hearing what he said about the Club’s ambition moving forward.
“It sounds like Doncaster will be a great place to play rugby next year with a few fresh faces and a brand of rugby that will suit my game.
“Having been a visitor at Doncaster a number of times I have always enjoyed playing at Castle Park, it’s a great facility with great fans. I would also like to say thanks to Steve and the board for all the support they have given me and other players through this time.”
Despite growing up in Brecon, Wales, James represented Ireland at Under 18 level through the Exile program & his efforts in a green shirt earned him his first pro contract with Bristol.
James made just four appearances for the Bears but still managed to score against the Knights in the British and Irish Cup in October 2017 & is a player Head Coach Steve Boden believes can add some real dynamism to the Knights attack next season. “James is an exciting prospect whose services we are delighted to have captured for next season.
“He has good pace and the ability to create something out of nothing, he also has areas of his game with room for development and we believe he can flourish within the Knights set up and have a great future”
James’ signing takes the total of confirmed 2020/21 squad members to twenty-one.
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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] JAMES NEWEY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR].
Photo credit Rich Chapman.