Full back Stevie McColl will re-join Yorkshire Carnegie on a two year contract from the 2016-17 season after agreeing a deal that will see him return to the club he left in 2014.
The 27-year-old spent three seasons with Carnegie after joining them from local rivals Doncaster Knights. His form for Carnegie was good enough to earn him a call up to the Scotland Six Nations training squad despite playing outside of the top flight.
Commenting on his move back to the club, McColl said, “I am really excited to be coming back to the club. I always felt at home at Carnegie and having spoken to Director of Rugby Chris Gibson and Head Coach Bryan Redpath, it already feels like I have never been away. Most importantly over the past couple of years the club has moved forward massively since I was there. I watched the Bedford game on the TV at the weekend and the style of play the team are playing with and the quality in the squad is something I am keen to be part of.
“I am definitely a better player having spent the last two seasons at Gloucester. I have lost weight but gained muscle as well as being part of a very professional environment at Kingsholm. The experience of training and playing alongside the guys in our squad at Gloucester has shown me the standard that is required in every aspect of your preparation and play and that has certainly improved me as a player. I am excited to bring that experience back to Yorkshire Carnegie.
“I am looking forward to working with Bryan Redpath. I have spoken to the guys at Gloucester who worked with him during his time down here and they can not speak highly enough of him. I grew up watching him playing for Scotland and from talking to him, I know what he wants from me as a player and how he sees the team going forward. He has made a good impression on me and I am really looking forward to getting back up to Yorkshire in the summer so I can get ready to get going next season,” added McColl.
In 2012-13 McColl was the Carnegie Players’ Player of the Season, earning a place in the RFU Championship dream team. He is originally from Fife and followed Lynn Howells to South Yorkshire from the Edinburgh Academy where he spent four seasons at the Knights. He has represented Scotland at U20 level, making four appearances in the 2008 U20 Six Nations.
Commenting on the signing Head Coach Redpath said, “It is great to get someone back who knows the club. Stevie has gone away and given his all to break into the Gloucester side in the Aviva Premiership. He was outstanding when he left two years ago, he wants to be with us and I can’t wait to be working with him. It is a boost for us to have a quality player back into our ranks and I know he is desperate to make a mark for himself having developed so much from his time at Gloucester.”