Ahead of pre-season training starting this week, we caught up with Head Coach Bryan Redpath, in this second part of three he speaks about the nine new signings who have joined the club.

Yorkshire Carnegie have made nine new signings for the new season. 

Scrum half Joel Hodgson, 22, joins on a one year contract having moved to Northampton Saints last summer from his home town club of Newcastle Falcons. He featured 10 times in the Premiership in his last season at Newcastle and this season has made three appearances for the Saints, including two in the Premiership. Comfortable in both half-back positions, Hodgson represented England U18 while studying at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School.
Second row Tom Ryder, 30, is originally from Nottingham and captained England U19 during his time in the Leicester Tigers academy. He is a Scottish international and joined Northampton midway through this season from Glasgow Warriors. He has agreed a two year deal with Yorkshire Carnegie. Ryder, who has also played for Saracens, won both of his Test caps in the summer of 2012 and made 87 appearances for Glasgow from 2010 until 2014. Ryder was named in the Rabo Pro12 Team of the Year at the end of the 2011-12 season leading to his Scotland call up and caps against Fiji and Samoa, qualifying for Scotland through his Glasgow-born father. He came through the Academy ranks at Leicester Tigers, before moving to Saracens in 2005, and eventually moving North of the border five years later.

Flanker Andy Saull, 26, has agreed a two year contract from the 2015-16 season onwards from Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. The London born player, is a former England Saxons international, who previously played over 100 games for Saracens before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he has made 20 Premiership appearances. He made his Saracens debut in 2007 aged 19, and that year earned a call up to the England Saxons squad.  He was a regular in the 2010-11 title winning squad and played in the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers.

Second row Dean Schofield, 36, will team up once against with Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath after the pair played alongside each other at Sale Sharks earlier in their careers. Schofield, who has signed a one year deal, has previously played at Toulon and Worcester before joining London Welsh last summer following their promotion winning campaign.  Capped twice by England on their 2007 summer Tour of South Africa, the second rower was also part of the England Saxons squad for the 2009 Churchill Cup. He made 162 appearances for Sale Sharks between 2001 and 2010 and was part of their 2005-06 Premiership winning side and captained both Sale and Worcester during his time at those clubs. In 2005 he was also a European Challenge Cup winner with Sale in the final game of Bryan Redpath’s career.

Winger Seb Stegmann, 25, joins on a two year contract from London Welsh. Stegmann has built up an impressive reputation with nine tries in 42 Premiership appearances for Harlequins and Welsh. He enjoyed a prolific 2013-14 season scoring 13 tries in 25 Championship appearances, including a crucial try in the second leg of their semi final win over Carnegie at the Kassam Stadium. Adept at playing on the wing or at centre, Stegmann came through the Academy at Harlequins and made his Premiership debut against Newcastle Falcons in 2007. He represented England at U16, U18 and U20 levels, and won a Grand Slam with England U20s in 2008, scoring three tries. The same year he featured for England at the U20s IRB Junior World Championships in Wales.

Centre Tom Casson has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on a two year contract from Harlequins. Since joining Harlequins in February 2010, the hard-running and aggressive centre has made over 60 appearances for the Club, scoring on seven occasions. The 25 year-old played an integral role during the successful 2011 European Challenge Cup and 2012 Aviva Premiership campaigns and also scored a stunning try during the LV= Cup final victory over Sale Sharks in 2013.

Prop Rob O’Donnell has joined Yorkshire Carnegie from Worcester Warriors on a two year contract. He 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 33 appearances in three seasons at Sixways.

Huddersfield-born Andy Forsyth made 14 appearances in his debut season after joining the Sharks from Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2013. A quick and elusive centre or wing and an accomplished goalkicker, he made 24 appearances in four seasons at Welford Road, helping the Tigers win the LV= Cup in 2011-12. A former England Under-16 and Under-18 international, he has also played two seasons of Championship rugby with Nottingham on a dual-registration deal. He has made 24 appearances in two seasons for Sale Sharks where he impressed Bryan Redpath during his time at the club before moving to Yorkshire. 

Kevin Sinfield MBE, Leeds Rhinos greatest ever captain, will finish his career playing Rugby Union with sister club Yorkshire Carnegie having agreed an 18 month contract with Bryan Redpath's side. Sinfield, 34, is only the fourth player in Leeds' history to play 500 games for the club and is the all time leading goal and points scorer in the club's history. He is currently fourth in the all time list of Rugby League points scorers and has led the Rhinos to 12 titles in 19 Finals so far having been made captain in 2003 when he was just 22. He has made 26 appearances for England, including captaining his country at the 2013 World Cup, and has made a further 14 appearances for Great Britain.