Knights sign former back from Pirates

Quickest try: Tom Luke
Quickest try: Tom Luke
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DONCASTER Knights have re-signed centre Tom Luke.

Luke, who can also operate in several other positions in the backs, including fly-half, played for the Castle Park club in the 2008-09 season before making the switch to Cornish Pirates.

During his time at Knights Scarborough-born Luke, whose first senior club was Bedford, scored what is believed to be the quickest-ever try by a Doncaster first-team player - within 30 seconds of the start - at Birmingham.

Remembered for his creativity and individual flair during his previous spell at Doncaster, Luke was at Pirates at the same time as Doncaster’s new director of rugby, Brett Davey, and fellow centre Paul Devlin - who now doubles as fitness and conditioning coach at the club.

Luke was a member of the Pirates squad which won the inaugural British & Irish Cup in the 2009-10 campaign.

He played in both of last season’s Championship Promotion Play-off final games against relegated Worcester.

Davey, who has now completed his team-building ahead of the 2011-12 Championship campaign, is confident that he has assembled a squad capable of both entertaining Doncaster supporters and being competitive in the second tier of English rugby.

Luke is expected to link-up with the rest of the squad when the players report for pre-season training next Tuesday.