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Tight-head prop Andrew Foster will make the short trip up the M1 after joining Yorkshire Carnegie from Rotherham Titans.
The 24 year old spent last season at the Titans having previously played at Newcastle Falcons and Blaydon RFC in National One, where he was a member for 14 years.
Newcastle born, Andrew made his Premiership debut for his home-town club in April 2015 against Saracens and his European Rugby Challenge Cup debut against Brive in January 2016.
Foster says he is looking forward to the chance to test himself at Yorkshire Carnegie, he said, “It is going to be a good opportunity for me and I am excited to get in and work hard with the boys to see how high we can finish. It was a tough year with Rotherham last season but a massive learning curve and a chance for me to play at next level up. I had a good experience in the Academy at Newcastle but this year has exposed me to senior rugby and I have learnt a lot from that. It was a test of character as well, going in on a Monday morning has been hard at times but you have to learn that mentally as a professional player to keep going and hopefully I can put that experience to good use now.”
Foster is looking forward to working with forwards coach Steve Boden and continuing his development as a front rower. He added, “As a front row forward, the Championship is a great place to learn your game but it is a tough learning curve. I would recommend playing in the Championship to any academy player so you can play as much rugby as you can and get your chance to step up and learn your trade.
“I am very excited to be working with Steve Boden. I have heard good things about Steve as a front rower and this is an opportuntity to learn as much as I can and further my career,” said Foster.