David Doherty was the youngest ever player to make his debut in the Premiership when he emerged from the Leeds Academy ranks in 2004. Since then he has had spells at London Wasps, Sale, Jersey and Cornish Pirates but in 2012 came home to Yorkshire on a two year contract.
It proved to be a great re-signing for the club with the winger in tremendous form, finishing the season as the club’s top try scorer with 13, earning a place in the RFU Championship Dream team and being named the Supporters Player of the Year. He was once again in top try scoring form during the 2013-14 season, registering 17 tries to finish as the club's top try scorer. His performances earned him a new two year contract and he will be a key player in helping the team in their bid to win promotion to the Premiership.
As a youngster David played Rugby Union with West Leeds and Rugby League with Drighlington ARLFC and signed for Leeds as a dual code player. He played for the Rhinos U18s Academy side, winning the Grand Final alongside players such as Lee Smith and Scott Murrell and was part of the England U18 Academy squad which toured New Zealand and Australia in July and August 2004.
He also toured New Zealand and Australia with the Great Britain U18s Rugby League side and scored four tries against Auckland in a warm up, two against New Zealand (including the winner), and then the winner against Australia to win the series for the first time ever.
It was the 15 man code though where he made his name and was part of the U19 squad which won the National Colts Cup less than 24 hours after his debut, playing in that young side alongside the likes of Danny Care and Jordan Crane.
It was a whirlwind year for the Leeds born winger who captained England U18 Clubs and was then elevated up to England U19, despite being two years younger than some of his team mates.
In 2005 David was selected for the England side for the U19 Six Nations tournament and opened his try scoring account against Wales in the first game of the tournament.
David’s debut for Leeds was as a replacement for Dan Scarbrough against Northampton at Headingley in the 65th minute, which made him the youngest ever player to play in the Premiership at just 17 years and 95 days old. One of his most famous moments playing for the club was in 2005 when he scored a try in the semi final of the Powergen Cup against London Irish to book the team a place in their first ever final Twickenham.
After leaving Leeds at the end of the 2005-06 season David joined Wasps, who won the Premiership title against Leicester at Twickenham and the Heineken Cup during his time at the club. His first team chances at Wasps were limited and the following season he joined Sale Sharks and started in almost all of their games, before a knee injury set him back.
David signed for Jersey in the autumn of 2010 and was able to build his fitness and help them win National Two South with 18 tries. The following year he signed for Cornish Pirates when he again showed his eye for the tryline with 14 tries in 24 games.
His childhood hero was Jason Robinson. He supports Manchester United, who he actually played for as a 15 year old.
|DOB||28th Jan 1987|
|Height||1.83 m (6' 0")|
|Weight||83 kg (13 st 1 lb)|