Doncaster Knights sign Canadian international Jon Phelan

Jon Phelan (centre) has signed for Doncaster Knights
Jon Phelan (centre) has signed for Doncaster Knights

Doncaster Knights have signed Canadian international Jon Phelan.

The 28-year-old second row moves to Castle Park after spending last season at French third tier side Lille Metropole.

Phelan has previously played under Doncaster director rugby Clive Griffiths for Canada and North Wales outfit RGC 1404.

The 6’8” lineout technician has won 16 caps for his country and featured as a substitute in their 34-25 defeat to Japan on Saturday.

He will join up with his new Knights teammates on August 1, after completing his international duty with Canada who face Scotland and USA later this month.

Phelan said: “I’m excited to be back playing for Griff as I did in Wales and as I have done for Canada over the years.

“He’s an excellent coach and anywhere that has his stamp of approval is somewhere I want to be playing.

“Clearly the Knights are back up where the ought to be and I’m looking forward to contributing.”

Phelan becomes Doncaster’s second new signing of the summer following the arrival of prop Colin Quigley from Rotherham Titans.

Knights, meanwhile, have announced they will travel to Welford Road on Friday, August 29, for a pre-season friendly against a Leicester Tigers XV (5pm).

The match is part of a double-header that will see another Leicester XV face Cardiff Blues at 7.30pm on the same day.

Ticket details are still to be confirmed.