Rugby Union: Doncaster Knights sign Keiran Brookes

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DONCASTER Knights have signed 22-year-old front row forward Keiran Brookes on a dual registration basis from Premiership giants Leicester Tigers.

The 6’1” forward is capable of filling all three front row positions, but it is at tight-head where he is most accustomed.

Brookes joined Newcastle Falcons in 2009 immediately after completing his studies at Kirkham Grammar School, Preston and appeared for the North East side over 40 times before earning a call up to the England Saxons squad.

He signed for the Tigers at the start of the 2011-12 season, but a foot injury after just three games ended his campaign and he is now relishing the prospect of getting some game time with the Knights.

“I’m really looking forward to playing for Doncaster, it’s a great opportunity to show everyone here how I play and get some game time which should hopefully aid my development,” he said.

“The set up here is really impressive, all the lads have made me feel really welcome and the coaching set up seems very professional. It’s a good club and I’m looking forward to playing some good rugby.

“I already knew Jethro [Rawling] and Dante [Mama] from the Tigers, they had both told me how good the set up was here and I’m looking forward to linking back up with those guys tomorrow night.”

The former England under 20 is set go straight into the Knights first XV for tomorrow evening’s crucial encounter with Moseley and is brimming with confidence, but knows he has a lot to learn in a short space of time.

“I enjoy running with the ball in hand, but the set piece is where I will need to be at my best, everything else is secondary. In training I am aiming to get my head around the line out calls and scrum set up as well as the calls from the half-backs, but I’m very excited for tomorrow night.

“Everyone is focused on the win tomorrow and there is very positive buzz off the back of last week. The confidence is high, no one has any doubts about what we need to do, everyone’s up for it.

“I expect to come up against a lot of big and strong opposition in this league. Hopefully my past experience will aid me in the Championship, but I don’t expect anyone to give me any extra respect; I’m in for a tough battle.”