Clean slate at the Knights

BACK ON BOARD: Jamie Lennard has returned to the Knights
BACK ON BOARD: Jamie Lennard has returned to the Knights

BRETT Davey says he is delighted to finally have the chance to put together his own side.

Davey took charge of the Knights last summer but classes the coming season as his first one in full charge of the side.

He said: “I’ve not really had the chance to do what I want with this side fully until now.

“It’s going well and I’m pleased with what we’ve managed to do.

“We’ve brought some excellent players into this club and I think we can be really competitive next season.

“I’m getting to a place where I want this side to be and it’s exciting.”

The director of rugby’s biggest acquisition so far has been bringing back fly half Jamie Lennard (pictured) following spells with London Irish and Bedford Blues.

Davey said: “I’ve had my eye on Jamie for a long time and we jumped at the chance when we heard he might be available.

“He speaks very highly of Doncaster and was eager to come back.

“We’ve struggled for a number ten for most of the season and it’s not Tom Luke’s natural position.

“But now we’ve got a top class player who will make that spot his own and Jamie is going to be a massive player for us.”

Arrivals at Castle Park have come thick and fast this week.

Bristol scrum half Louis Silver, Leeds Carnegie back James Tincknell, Ulster tight head Jerry Cronin and Wharfedale hooker Ben Sowery all came into the club this week.

And Alistair Thomson and Rhys Buckley arrived at the end of last week.

Silver will pressure Knights skipper Chris Hallam for a starting jersey while Buckley looks set to feature heavily in Davey’s plans.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Rhys in action because he’s a very exciting player.

“It’s a big signing for us because he’s been playing regularly at Newport Gwent Dragons.

“He wants to come here and improve with us.

“If he does that, given the talent he’s already got, then it’ll mean good things for both parties.

“Louis Silver will be pushing Chris Hallam all the way and that’ll be as good for Chris as it will Louis.

“We’ve lacked competition in certain areas this season and we’ve been determined to introduce that into the squad.

“We’ve heard a lot of good things about Ben Sowery and he’s very keen to make progress with us.

“James Tincknell’s come back from an horrific accident and shown how big and powerful he can still be.

“I’m really delighted with what we’ve managed to do and when the full squad is announced I think everybody will be excited about what we could do next season.”