Worcester Warriors prop Rob O’Donnell, 29, has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on a two year contract becoming Head Coach Bryan Redpath’s ninth signing for the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

O’Donnell joined Worcester from Rotherham Titans in 2012 and the Liverpool-born prop has also had playing spells at Sale Sharks and Waterloo. He stands at 6ft 5in and weighs over 19 stone and can operate on both sides of the scrum. He has made 35 appearances in three seasons at Sixways.
 
Commenting on signing for the club, O’Donnell said, “I am massively looking forward to joining up with Yorkshire Carnegie. I had a chat with Bryan and Director of Rugby Chris Gibson and came up to look around. I was very impressed with everything I saw and heard. The club have made some really good signings and added to a talented squad who were already in place from last season.
 
“I know a couple of lads who are with Yorkshire so that will help with the settling in process. I know Dean Schofield well from my Sale days and I am looking forward to working with him again. I haven’t worked with Bryan Redpath before but I have spoken to guys who have played under him at Gloucester and Sale and they have spoken highly of him. As a club, we want to push forward and get as high up in the league as possible, I want to play my part in making that happen.
 
“I got a lot of gametime in the Premiership two seasons ago with Worcester and that has given me plenty of motivation to get back up there with Yorkshire Carnegie. The Championship gets stronger and stronger each season as players come from the Premiership to test themselves and get more gametime.
 
“I was really impressed with Bryan’s vision for Yorkshire Carnegie. Although my season at Worcester only ended last Wednesday, I was keen to get into pre-season as soon as possible so will be reporting in next Monday. It is only ten days since my season officially ended but I wanted to get started as quick as possible to get to know the lads and for them to get to know me,” added O’Donnell.