player news | Hayes, Sproston and Bergmanas agree extensions at Castle Park.
31st March 2017
The Knights have agreed new contracts with three members of the current squad as centre Lloyd Hayes and props forwards Joe Sproston and Jack Bergmanas all agree to extend their stay at Castle Park for at least another year.
The trio become the latest to pen at the Castle following the announcement that Morgan Eames has signed from Nottingham last week.
Lloyd Hayes signed with the club from local rivals Rotherham Titans ahead of the 2016 season, the hard-running centre quickly formed a formidable partnership with Mat Clark and has become an integral part of the Knights midfield, missing just two games all season and chipping in with six tries so far.
Commenting on extending his stay in Doncaster the 25-year-old said. “I’ve really enjoyed my first season at Castle Park, the setup is spot on and we’ve got a great group in terms of players and coaches. I’m looking forward to finishing the season strongly now and continuing our success next year.”
2016/17 was fellow North Wales Exile Joe Sproston’s second at the Club, ‘Big Joe’ arrived at Castle Park in the summer of 2015 after helping Bedfordshire based side Ampthill win promotion into National One.
Sproston was used predominately as a replacement during his first term but managed 17 appearances and earned many plaudits for his performances.
The 26-year-old has seen his 2016/17 campaign hampered by injury after a promising start but is now back in the mix and proving his value to the side on both sides of the scrum and has even filled in at number eight.
Joe believes that he can continue his development at Castle Park and is looking forward to his future with the Knights. “I feel like I’ve progressed a lot as a player since signing last year, the Club has great ambitions and I want to match that and be a big part of this team going forward.”
Donny born Jack Bergmanas has also put pen to paper on a one year contract extension, Jack returned to the Club in October 2016 after recovering from a severe knee injury.
The 24-year-old made his competitive return versus Jersey in December and has only missed one Knights fixture since and is now keen to build on this and make his mark for the Knights. “The progression the club has made has been outstanding since I first arrived in 2013 and it is a pleasure to be a part of, I feel we’re moving forward at a great pace.
“Hopefully next year I can get some more game-time under my belt and get some more league starts. I’m just going to keep training hard and use this pre-season to make the step forward and hopefully it goes my way.”
The announcement comes ahead of the Knights final two games of the season and Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths has expressed his delight at the re-signing of three of the Knights most promising young players. “Once again we are delighted to announce the resigning of three players whose loyalty and development is unquestionable again this season.
“All of them provide us with a freshness and great potential going forward; we are delighted that they have committed themselves to the Knights for 2017-18.”