Yorkshire Carnegie have received a major boost going into the final game of the Greene King IPA Championship regular season at Jersey this Saturday with eight senior players committing to new contracts with the club.
Bryan Redpath’s side have secured third position in the table and will face local rivals Doncaster Knights in the play off semi finals, starting with the first leg at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday 1st May, kick off 3pm.
Front rowers Charlie Beech and Lee Imiolek have both agreed new two year contracts as have second row Mike Myerscough and centre Andy Forsyth. There are new one year deals for forwards Matt Smith and Chris Walker whilst centres Pete Lucock and Tom Casson have also committed for the 2016-17 season.
Commenting on the news Head Coach Bryan Redpath said, “It is a great boost to the squad as a whole. It has been a tough year for the squad because I have looked to move things on and develop the club going forward which has meant some tough decisions on which players we have looked to keep at the club and those we have allowed to look at new options elsewhere. The players who have agreed new deals, including Josh Bainbridge, Phil Nilsen and Richard Beck who we have already announced, have done so with the vision to move the club forward next season.
“The players are major stakeholders in this club and are the people who will benefit most from us achieving our goals and they know they need to be better next season regardless of which division we are in. I have been with the group for a year now and the standards need to rise next season because the competition gets tougher each year. We also have to keep that continuity going between this group and the new players who are coming in.
“There are players who are leaving that I know wanted to stay but I have had to make that choice, which is never easy. We tried to let those players know as early as possible so they could make plans for next season and I would like to thank those players in particular for their outstanding commitment to the side and the character they have shown over the last few weeks in training and on gameday. Hopefully we are going to have a big end to the season and achieve something special together before we part company and I know they are determined, as is everyone else, to play their part,” added Redpath.
Yorkshire Carnegie have also confirmed today that Joe Graham, James Tideswell, Ben Hooper, Tom Ryder, Chris Pilgrim, Joel Hodgson, Dan Tai, David Doherty, Matt Dudman and Jack Barnard will all leave the club this summer.