Yorkshire Carnegie have announced their first signing for next season with the capture of number eight Ollie Stedman from Doncaster Knights on a two year contract.
Stedman was originally a member of the Carnegie academy during his formative years having moved to Leeds from Basingstoke to attend university in 2008. In 2009 he was part of the Academy side who secured the Yorkshire Cup with victory over Beverley in the Final.
He played his early rugby for Percy Park and Westoe and in 2008 and 2009 represented England at U18 level before earning a call up to the England U20 Junior World Championship squad in 2011 as part of the same England U20 group as the likes of current full internationals George Ford, Elliot Daly and Maku Vunipola.
Stedman has been part of Doncaster Knight’s charge up the Greene King IPA Championship table this season having joined them on a permanent basis last summer after impressing whilst on loan from London Welsh. He spent two seasons at London Welsh, helping the Exiles to promotion including crossing for a crucial try in the semi final win over Carnegie at the Kassam Stadium.
That was the second time that Stedman had been part of a promotion winning team having moved from Carnegie to Newcastle Falcons in 2012.
Commenting on the signing Head Coach Bryan Redpath said, “We are pleased to have added a player of Ollie’s experience to the squad for next season. He has been at the club before and has gone away and impressed as a ball carrying back rower. He will add to the group we have and that will be important for us next season.”