Yorkshire Carnegie have drafted in Scottish U20 tight head prop Gary Robertson, 20, to their squad on a two week loan from Scottish Rugby Union.
Robertson, 20, began training with his new team mates on Monday and is set to be involved with Yorkshire Carnegie for this Sunday’s clash with the Dragons Premiership Select at Pontefract RUFC.
Speaking after his arrival at the club, the Gala front rower said, “I can’t wait to learn from the experienced players that are here at Yorkshire Carnegie. At Gala, we do not have the opportunity of playing in the British & Irish Cup any more but I am looking forward to being involved this weekend.
“I want to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it. I know Ross Graham, who lived a few miles away from me back home, and Bryan Redpath lives in the town next to me so that has helped. It is so much easier coming into a club when you have a few familiar faces around you.
“Hopefully, I can do well in the next two weeks to put myself out there and things can progress from there. I used to work in a landscape gardening business but I have packed that in now to focus on my rugby full time and this is a great opportunity for me. I loved working as well but something had to give, I want to give professional rugby my best shot and I know I always have the gardening to fall back on later in my career.
“The Dragons won’t know too much about me at the weekend so hopefully I can show what I can do, hold myself in the scrums and do myself justice,” added Robertson.
Director of Rugby Chris Gibson said, “We are grateful to the Scottish Rugby Union for allowing Gary to join us for the next fortnight. This will take some of the pressure off Rob O’Donnell and Michael Cusack at tight head during the Cup period and it will be good to see how Gary fits into our environment.”