Yorkshire Carnegie stalwart Phil Nilsen is set to join National One side Coventry next season, after agreeing a two year contract with the Midlands club.

The 32-year-old was named in the Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team this season and will look to sign off his 11 years at the club this week by helping the club to promotion against London Irish in the promotion play offs.

Phil is the longest serving player at the club and is now second in the all-time appearance list behind Mike Shelley. During the 2015-16 season Phil became only the second played in the club’s history to be granted a testimonial, after Rob Rawlinson, and is only the second player after Mike Shelley to play 200 games in all competitions.

He is a product of the club’s successful Academy and since making his debut in 2006 and has twice won promotion with the club so far.

“At the present there is not a better hooker in the Championship,” said director of rugby, Rowland Winter. “Phil is very well respected and will add drive and physicality to our pack, and he will be another leader with all the experience he has got.

“Phil welcomes the ambition that we have at Coventry – he is fully aware of what we are trying to develop and build.

“He is excited about the part he can play in this and what he can bring to our team, and we are delighted that he wants to take on a new challenge with us.

“Hooker is an area of the squad where we have not had enough competition with only two senior players this season and we survived thanks to their durability, but we need more depth and Phil definitely adds this and quality.”