Pirates pair make Knights switch.
14th July 2021
Following last week’s announcement that scrum half Alex Dolly had joined the Club, Doncaster Knights are pleased to announce another two new signings today in ex-Cornish Pirates duo Harry Davey & Maliq Holden.
Born in Dewsbury, former Silcoates School Captain, Harry Davey moves back to the God’s Own County having joined the Pirates from Yorkshire Carnegie in 2019. Despite an injury affected spell at the Mennaye, Harry made 10 appearances – featuring in a range of positions across the backline.
The 22-year-old is a former England Under 18s squad member and made his senior debut for Yorkshire Carnegie in March 2017 against London Irish in the quarter-final of the British & Irish Cup.
Commenting on his move Harry said. “I’m over the moon to be joining Doncaster, the Club really seems to be in a great place, played some really good rugby last season & have great ambitions for the future.
“Having worked with Bodes, Fordy and Nathan previously, when the opportunity came up to come to the Club & work with them again it was something I was keen for straight away.
“Having been here just over a week already, I can understand why the boys competed really well last season & we hope to push on even more next season. I am looking forward to seeing all the supporters when the season starts too.”
Bodes added “I worked with Harry at Yorkshire Carnegie where we converted him from a fly half to a back three player successfully. Harry has had a couple of years of limited game time but we feel he has a lot of growth in his game as well as a lot of hunger & ambition and we believe he can really develop in our environment.”
Making the journey north with Harry is Pirates teammate Maliq Holden who switched to Penzance from Hartpury in May 2018.
The 25-year-old wing/full back is a former Netherlands junior international who has also represented England Students and Bristol United in the A League.
Holden was a regular feature for the Pirates, making 29 appearances and scooping the ‘Most Improved Player’ award in 2020.
Speaking on the decision to join the Knights Maliq said. “Having played against the Knights last season it was very clear the team was ambitious and going places. When Bodes spoke to me about coming to play here it was an easy decision.
“The first week of pre season has been outstanding and I already feel like I am part of the squad. I’m excited about the season ahead and playing with this group and look forward to playing in front of the Knights fans soon!”
Head Coach Boden added. “We feel Maliq has got the growth in his game that we want to work with and develop. He has pace & good natural skills and a real presence in contact; especially for an outside back”
More squad updates & fixture news coming this week.
Photos by Brian Tempest.