Knights capture Cusack from Albion.

The Knights have boosted their options at stand off with the addition of Irish number ten Declan Cusack.

 

Cusack signs just over a week after the announcement was made that Simon Humberstone would be joining the Club from Cardiff Blues, giving DoR Clive Griffiths another exciting option at fly half.

 

Commenting on Declan’s signing Griff said. “I believe I’m right in saying that Declan is the only number 10 that scored against us last season.

 

“He played very well down there on the final day of the season, he’s progressed through the Munster ranks and has been a mainstay of the Plymouth team for a couple of seasons.

 

“Declan’s return from injury coincided with Plymouth’s upturn in form and fortunes, he also captained the side so we are gaining those leadership qualities as well.

 

“We now have two stand offs with great experience, with Declan and Simon Humberstone, and it is going to make competition for places extremely fierce.

 

The 27-year-old arrives at Castle Park from Brickfields having spent two seasons on the South Coast, Cusack was a pivotal part of the Albion set up since joining for the 2013/14 campaign, making 46 appearances and scoring over 300 points.

 

Born in Limerick Declan got his first taste of professional rugby with Munster, spending three years with the Irish Province, featuring heavily in the ‘A’ side and making five first team appearances.

 

At the end of the 2011/12 season Declan headed to Spain where he played for Bizkaia Gernika. During his time in the Spanish Premiership, Cusack impressed in the Amlin Challenge Cup and ended the season as the Club's top scorer in European competition with 50 points. In May 2013 he completed his move to Plymouth.

Speaking on his signing with the Knights Declan said. “Firstly I would like to thank everyone at Plymouth Albion RFC, it was an honour and a privilege to play and captain the Club.

 

“I am extremely excited to sign for Doncaster. As soon as I spoke to Clive about the staff, players, facilities and ambition of the club it got me excited.

 

“Now I just can't wait for pre season to start and meet the players, staff and fans.”

 

On Monday it will be a month since the Knights locked horns with Plymouth on the final game of the 2014/15 season. Plans and preparations are now well underway for the new-look Knights side and the upcoming campaign as Clive announced pre-season training will begin on June 15th. “We start back on June 15th, I’ve just had a meeting with Kendo, Cookie and Dougie going through the necessaries and putting some flesh on the bones of the schedule.

 

“We’ve got our first few weeks planned and organized now and it’s looking pretty tasty, if you see what I mean!”

 

Good luck lads!
Knights capture Cusack from Albion.

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