Yorkshire Carnegie reveal latest new recruits
Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby Martyn Wood has revealed the club’s latest new signings ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship.
The club have secured an additional twenty recruits with three of the players coming from the club’s academy.
Academy vice captain Dan Lancaster, who has been part of the England U18 squad, is joined by his former Bishop Burton and West Park Leeds team mate centre Jack Metcalf in the Yorkshire Carnegie senior squad. Lancaster had his first taste of senior rugby last season at Hull Ionians. Another player to have come through the ranks at West Park Leeds is hooker Ben Sugars. He attended Grammar School at Leeds and last year made his senior debut at Otley. Number eight Will Smith has also signed his first professional contract with the club having impressed in the academy. The former QEGS pupil originally joined the academy from Ripon. The final Academy graduate is winger James Mageewho previously attended Sedbergh.
Yorkshire Carnegie have bolstered their front row with the arrival of loose head prop Conor Davidson from Sydney-based side Manly Marlins. He is joined from Manly by second row Alex Humfrey, who has played for Wales Students whilst at Bath University and signed for Bath back in 2016.
South African-born German international Jarrid Els joins from German side Heidelberger RK. The number eight becomes the second German international to ever play for the club following on from Damien Tussac.
There is a welcome return to Leeds for scrum half James Elliott who returns to the city having played for Leeds Beckett before moving to Gallagher Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. The former Durham City player has also captained England Students.
Another former Leeds Beckett student is back row Trystan Lloyd. The 27-year-old broke into the Yorkshire Carnegie first team squad last season and has now agreed a new deal with the club for this season.
Winger Andrew Lawson has joined from Harrogate having previously played for Westoe RFC and Blaydon RFC whilst centre or winger Zach Kerr from Bangor in Northern Ireland, who has been playing in New Zealand in the off season.
Another recruit from student rugby is second row Ed Bloodworth, who has impressed playing for Northumbria University and originally comes from Kesteven Rugby Club in Grantham. Also added to the forward pack is number eight Tom Whitehurst who joins from Esher.
Utility back Tim Bitirim has joined the club from Cambridge having started last season at Coventry. He earned his chance in professional rugby after impressing with Loughborough Students. The former Saracens and Wasps Academy utility back has also represented England Counties U20s.
Scrum half Elliot Turner has joined the club from Western Force having previously played for Melbourne Rebels whilst the club have recruited two fly halves to work with Head Coach Joe Ford. Both can also play at centre with James Robins joining from Chester and Joe Carlisle coming in from Old Elthamians in National League 1.
Swindon-born Carlisle is a Worcester Warriors Academy product who also had spells at Wasps, Benetton Treviso, London Welsh and USA Perpignan.
London-born rugby league player Callum Bustin joins Yorkshire Carnegie from Bradford Bulls. The former London, Castleford and Newcastle league forward is looking forward to the switch of codes.
Finally, a man who will be on familiar ground at Emerald Headingley Stadium is winger Lee Smith. The former Leeds Rhinos winger and full back, who won three Super League titles in successive years with his home-town club from 2007-09 and played for England in the 2008 World Cup, will join a rare group of players to have played league and union at the famous stadium.
Smith, 33, also had spells at Wakefield Trinity, Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls as well as playing union with Wasps and Newcastle.
The sixteen players join the previous six players the club had already announced in Head Coach Joe Ford, prop Sione Faletau, winger Tom Varndell, second row Jake Brady, hooker Ben Sowrey, and prop James Flynn.