Doncaster Knights land lock Royce Cadman

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DIRECTOR of rugby Brett Davey has added his final forward to the Doncaster Knights’ 2012-13 squad - and a former Castle Park favourite has signed for one of the club’s Championship rivals.

Davey has signed second-row Royce Cadman from Newport Gwent Dragons.

The 24-year-old lock forward has spent the last two seasons dual registered with the Dragons and Bedwas RFC after finishing university at Hartpury college where he won three BUCS winners trophies.

Cadman also has strong rugby pedigree with Premiership side Gloucester; representing their A side whilst in the Gloucestershire County set-up amongst his commitments with England students.

Born in Canterbury, the English forward made his debut for the Dragons in a pre-season game against Cornish Pirates in 2010 before making his first appearance in a domestic competition against Bath in the LV Cup.

The 6ft 7ins powerhouse said: “I’m really excited to join Doncaster Knights, and fight it out for a starting spot in a strong side which could produce good things next season.

“I’m looking forward to the hard work and proving my worth at the set-piece and around the park, but most of all enjoying my rugby in a great set-up at Castle Park.

“I hope to bring a humour and fashionable dress sense to the team, amongst other attributes.

“A top four finish is our aim and with the wealth of good signings and strong players already here it is achievable.”

Former Knights’ centre PJ Gidlow, has joined Championship rivals London Scottish.

The strong-running 31 year-old, a favourite with Doncaster supporters during his two years at Castle Park, was one of over a dozen players to leave at the end of the season.

The Samoan-born Gidlow played for Redruth, Birmingham & Solihull and Rotherham Titans before joining Knights.