Yorkshire Carnegie’s two longest serving players have agreed new one year contracts with the club ahead of Sunday’s crucial Greene King IPA Championship clash with Nottingham at Headingley Carnegie.
Phil Nilsen and Richard Beck were both due to be out of contract this summer but have now signed deals to keep them at the club for the 2016-17 season.
26-year-old Richard has been at the club since 2006 having previously played for Harrogate and Roundheigans. He made his first team debut in 2009 in the LV= Cup game against Leicester Tigers. He has made 85 appearances for the club including 15 in all competitions so far this season. He returns to the starting line up this Sunday for the visit of Nottingham when Yorkshire know a win would secure them a top three finish this season.
Nilsen will celebrate his testimonial with the club this Sunday after over a decades service. The 31-year-old is the longest serving player at the club and is now fourth in the all-time appearance list behind Mike Shelley, Rob Rawlinson and Tom Palmer. He is a product of the club's academy and since making his debut in 2006 he has emerged to become a key member of the squad. Commenting on his new deal, the hooker said, “I am really pleased to have agreed a new deal. Being out of contract is tough for any player no matter what time of year it is so to have signed on for another year is great and allows me to focus solely on this season as we enter a key part of the year. A great thing about where we are at the moment is there is a lot of positivity around the club. Everyone wants to get back into the Premiership eventually and the club is now geared up towards achieving that goal with the investment and direction for Yorkshire Carnegie. The nature of professional sport means that people will come and go but there is a collective drive from everyone to achieve our goals this year.”
Director of Rugby Chris Gibson commented, “We are pleased to have secured Phil and Richard for next season. We are currently in the process of finalising our squad for next season and to have two stalwarts of the club committed is a big boost for our plans moving forward.”