Scottish international prop Michael Cusack will bring his career full circle by returning to Yorkshire Carnegie for the 2016-17 season having agreed a two year contract with the club.

The Doncaster-born prop made his senior debut as a teenager back in 2003 and now 13 years later he returns to his first club. The 31-year-old made his Scotland debut prior to last year’s World Cup having qualified through residency after five seasons at Glasgow Warriors.
 
In March this year, he joined Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons for the remainder of the season and has now made the move home to Yorkshire.
 
The tighthead joined the Warriors in 2011 from Doncaster Knights and made 48 appearances.  He first broke into the Leeds team under Phil Davies aged 18 during the 2003-04 season. He went on to make his full debut in the Heineken Cup at Neath-Swansea Ospreys against Welsh World Cup star Duncan Jones. His incredible first season culminated in him being part of the Leeds U19 team that won the National Colts Cup for the first time in the club's history, beating Bedford in the Final.
 
He was also named Leeds' young player of the year. After a remarkable breakthrough season that summer Michael spent time at the New Zealand International Rugby Academy and followed that with a spell at New Zealand club Otago. Whilst at Otago he played for local club Kaikorai and helped them reach the Club Final at Carisbrook, and win their first Championship since 1997.
 
In the 2005-06 season, he continued his progression in the first team whilst playing a key role for the Academy side. In the senior team he made 8 appearances and then ended the campaign in the Leeds A team that secured the Yorkshire Cup with victory over Wharfedale.
 
In the 2007-08 season Michael featured in 18 first team games for Leeds in their National One campaign and helped the side clinch promotion on their first attempt. In his final season at the club he made a further 11 appearances for the club bringing his total to 41.
 
He has represented Yorkshire are U16 and U18 level and played for England at U18 Clubs, U19 and U21. In August 2015, he featured in Scotland’s World Cup warm up games against Ireland, when he came off the bench as a replacement, and in Italy, when he made his first start for Scotland.
 
Michael is originally from Doncaster and first started playing the game with his home town club. He attended MacCauley High School before furthering his education at Park Lane College in Leeds.
 
Commenting on the signing Head Coach Bryan Redpath said, “Mike is a genuine scrummager and someone who has played for Carnegie before. He has played in Premiership and Championship before so understands the challenge and he will add real competition to our tight five forwards. Mike is comfortable with ball in hand but knows we need set piece first to play.”