DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Jamie Lennard back at Knights

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DONCASTER Knights have agreed a deal to bring Bedford Blues’ fly-half Jamie Lennard back to Castle Park.

In Lennard’s last spell with Knights he amassed 298 points to finish top National Division One points scorer - an achievement which subsequently earned him a two year-contract with Premiership club London Irish in 2009.

The 25-year-old made 16 appearances for the Exiles in the Premiership, nine of which were as a replacement, before he moved to Goldington Road last summer where he made 14 starts for the Championship semi-finalists.

Lennard brings considerable experience to the Doncaster ranks having represented England at Student and Under 21 level earlier in his career,

“It is very exciting to be back at Doncaster Knights and I have missed Castle Park since my last spell here, which I loved,” he said. “It was an easy decision for me to return and hopefully help us push for promotion. I had a fantastic time here a few years ago under the great infrastructure and can’t wait to get back involved. I enjoyed my time at Bedford, but I’m glad to be back in Yorkshire.

“Last time I was here we had a quality team and a strong pack, and looking at the signings (director of rugby) Brett (Davey) has made we will have a similar look next season. We need a powerful nasty pack that will put us on the front foot and make my job easier, Doncaster is known for their physicality in the forwards and we need to rediscover that force that made visiting teams scared to face us.”

Lennard says scrum-half Chris Hallam was instrumental in his decision to return to Doncaster.

“Chris is one of my best mates and a very good player,” he said. “I value his opinion immensely and once he told me of all the things going on here I couldn’t wait to get involved.”