ROTHERHAM TITANS: Coach Codling moves to retain services of top talent at Titans

Alex Codling.
Alex Codling.
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ROTHERHAM Titans are moving quickly to re-sign first team players for next season - two influential squad members squad have already committed to staying.

Centre and defence coach Lee Blackett, whose maturity helped preserve stability at Rotherham following the departure of coach Andre Bester, has completed successful talks with the club as has prop forward Marshall Gadd.

“This is fantastic news for Rotherham” says coach Alex Codling. “Lee is respected by the other players and is highly motivated. I’ve worked well with Lee. As for Gadd, he has developed a lot and has got better with each match. We are talking to other players.”

Codling has made changes for tomorrow’s contest at Plymouth in Pool 7 of the British and Irish Cup. Mathematically, Rotherham, who have the same number of points as Plymouth, can still qualify for the quarter finals.

The biggest boost is the return from injury of two forwards: number eight Rory Pitman and lock Dan Sanderson.

In the back line, Codling gives opportunities to centres Joel Gill and Palepoi Nonu and to winger Mike Doneghan.

“This season we are taking the B and I Cup seriously and the Plymouth match is an important game for those players coming in to put down a marker for the rest of the Championship campaign,” explained Codling.

Titans: F.Mulchrone, Doneghan, Gill, Nonu, Homan, Law, C.Mulchrone, Kilbane, Baines, Denman, Thomas, Sanderson, Rieder, Ellyatt, Pitman.