Scrum half Heaney returns to the Castle.

DoR Clive Griffiths has secured the signature of Irish scrum half Michael Heaney from Guinness Pro 12 side Ulster.

The 24-year-old joins for his second stint with the Knights having previously signed from the Northern Irish province in late 2011. His form in the latter half of the 2011/12 season prompted Ulster to resign the half-back and he was offered a two year contract ahead of the 2012/13 campaign.

 

Speaking on his latest squad addition Clive Griffiths said. “Michael has gained some invaluable experience in the last two seasons at Ulster and learnt from some great players including their first choice number nine Ruan Pienaar.

 

“Competing against a World Cup winner with as many Springbok caps as Pienaar has meant Michael hasn’t had as much game time as he would like and I jumped in pretty quickly to cut a deal and bring him back.

 

“He was delighted to come back to Doncaster and has fond memories of the place, I hope the experience he’s gained playing against the likes of Toulon and Leicester last season will stand us in good stead.

 

“Michael will now compete for starting berth with our own Brad Field who really came in to his own towards the end of last season and it will mean massive competition at scrum half.”

 

Since returning to his homeland in 2012 the 24-year-old made 29 first team appearances and featured heavily in Ulster’s European Champions Cup campaign last season. Michael is a former member of the Ireland U20s and part of the squad that won the 2010 Six Nations Championships.

 

Commenting on his return to Castle Park Michael said. “I'm looking forward to joining Doncaster for next season, it's a place I've experienced before and feel it's a good fit for me.

“They are a club with ambition, and hopefully I can add to the squad and provide an impact from the beginning.

“I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ulster but feel it is important for my career that I play more regular rugby, which I hope to do at Doncaster."

 

Here's a clip of Michael in action.
Scrum half Heaney returns to the Castle.

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