Doncaster Knights: Canada ace Hotson targets top finish

England's Henry Trinder avoids a tackle from Canada's Tyler Hotson. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire.
England's Henry Trinder avoids a tackle from Canada's Tyler Hotson. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire.
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Canadian international Tyler Hotson is targeting a top finish in the Championship for his new club.

The 6ft 5in lineout technician has rejoined director of rugby Clive Griffiths at Castle Park after the pair worked together during the Welshman’s time as defence coach for the Canada national team.

And 29-year-old Hotson, who becomes Griff’s second Canadian signing this summer following the capture of Jon Phelan, cannot wait to get into the swing of things and help the Knights climb up the Championship table.

“I am delighted to have signed for Doncaster and for them to be back in the Championship, I know that whenever I have played against them in the past, the games have always been very tough,” said the former Plymouth Albion and London Scottish man.

“I am looking forward to working with Griff again, I enjoyed being coached by him for Canada and I respect him and how he likes to play the game.”

Vancouver-born Hotson went on: “Personally I just want to play well and get myself in that starting 15.

“On top of that, I’ll be focusing on what I do best and working hard on our set-pieces.

“As a team, we are not looking to make up the numbers in this league. Hopefully we can get the performances right and target that top eight and beyond.”

Hotson boasts an impressive international career which includes representing the Canucks in the 2011 World Cup. He has amassed 41 caps to date.

The powerhouse lock also played for Australian outfit Northern Suburbs before moving to play in England.