Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Director Andy Rock believes the academy is now in a great position to maximise the Rugby Union talent that exists within the county.

Today, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy have announced a new partnership with Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire and Rock believes that this is an important part in the overall development jigsaw that the club is putting together.

He commented, "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Bishop Burton, not least because of the excellent facilities they are able to offer and their determination to succeed led by Mike Umaga and his team over there. We have a number of key partnerships right across the county so we can offer each player the right individual pathway that ensures they will fulfill their potential.

"Through our partnership with Bishop Burton we are able to re-introduce the AASE scheme, which proved so successful for us a few years ago with the likes of Josh Bainbridge, Jack Walker, Paul Hill and Lewis Boyce to name just a few who came through that pathway.

"The fact we also now have a base in East Yorkshire is also key for our overall development programme. Our ERDPP initiative takes Yorkshire Carnegie out to all corners of the county and I am looking forward to seeing that develop in the years ahead," added Rock.