RUGBY UNION: Double signing for Knights

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DONCASTER Knights’ team-building ahead of their 2012-13 Championship season continues to gather pace with two new names added to Brett Davey’s squad.

Adding to Knights’ back strength is promising 21 year-old Loughborough Students centre Will Simpson who also played for Leicester Tigers A.

An inside centre by trade, Simpson has followed a similar route as Fred Burdon and will hope to emulate his success with Knights next season.

“I played with Fred with England Students and hope to emulate his success with Doncaste. I intend to bring my strong defensive skills and distribution service to the team and work hard to earn a first team spot,” he said.

“I’m really excited to join Knights and can’t wait to show Brett what I’ve got. I enjoy the way Doncaster play and hope to keep the attractive rugby flowing with some expansive moves similar to what we do at Loughborough.”

Also joining the Castle Park club is blindside flanker Sam Pailor from Bedford Blues.

The 22-year-old versatile forward, who made 14 starts for Blues last season, can also play in the second-row and is known for his prowess in the lineout and physicality in carrying the ball.

The former Wales Under-20 international said. “I think there are big things to come from Knights next season.

“I’ve seen some of the signings planned and with the lads already there things are shaping up. Doncaster are passionate about playing attractive rugby.”

A former Wales 7s squad member, Pailor is also looking forward to linking up with former Dragons and Pontypool team-mate Rhys Buckley, who he rates very highly.

“ A lot of Welsh lads don’t hold back and it’s the way you are taught at Pooler (Pontypool). I believe Knights will turn a few heads and will be battling at the top of the table come the play-offs.”