Rotherham Titans, who have no game in the Championship or in the British and Irish Cup this weekend, have received a double boost which has delighted coach Alex Codling.
Second row forward, Ben Thomas, has re-signed for next season, having made a strong impression during the four games in which he has appeared since joining Rotherham before Christmas. The other significant development at Clifton Lane is that Scottish forward, Neale Patrick, who has not played since the end of September because of a serious back injury, is ahead of schedule and coul play again soon.
“Neale’s attitude has been outstanding and while he is not match fit, I expect him to play shortly,” Codling says.
Patrick was injured in a Championship game at Plymouth at the end of September and has been out of action for four months.
The decision of Thomas to continue his career Rotherham is expected to be followed by another two players who have been in talks with Codling about remaining at Clifton Lane next season.
The names of those who have re-signed will be released tomorrow.
The first team squad report back for training on Monday as they begin their preparations for next Saturday’s Championship game at home to Plymouth Albion.
“This is a huge game for us and we need a big performance,” said Codling. “When we won at Plymouth recently in the B and I Cup,we showed what we can do on our day.
“But in some games we have not got as much out of them as we should have done. At Jersey last Saturday, we should have come away with five points considering all the ball we had, so against Plymouth we have to win.”