Will Owen is first new signing for Rotherham Titans

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Rotherham Titans today announce the first of several new signings for next season, and more will be revealed by the Clifton Lane club in the next two weeks.

Moseley centre Will Owen, 21, has agreed terms with Rotherham coach Lee Blackett and will be leaving the Birmingham side after two seasons as a regular player in the Championship and the British and Irish Cup.

Owen played an influential role in the Moseley team which beat Rotherham by 26-22 at Clifton Lane on Boxing Day.

“I’ve been a keen admirer of Owen for some time and I’ve been watching him all year,” Blackett told the Star. “Will makes good breaks and has done well for Moseley in his two seasons at the club.

“As regards other signings, we are in a good position as far as recruitment is concerned. I’m happy with where we are and shortly we’ll be able to say who is staying and release the names of the new players who are coming in from the outside.”

So far, Owen has appeared in 44 games for Moseley which includes 13 starts this season in the Championship.

He has also played five matches in the B&I Cup. Before joining Moseley, Owen had been a member of the academy at Newport Gwent Dragons.

While there, he also played briefly for two other clubs in south Wales, Ebbw Vale and Cross Keys. Although born in Coventry, Owen has a strong Welsh background and represented Welsh Students.

Interestingly, Rotherham and Moseley clash in the league in Birmingham at the end of next month - a game which the Titans need to win if they are to achieve a place in the promotion play-offs.

This contest is also important for Moseley who’ve dropped to 11th in the Championship and are now fighting to avoid relegation along with Doncaster and Plymouth.

Managed by the former Rotherham player-coach, Kevin Maggs,Moseley will naturally be putting out their best available side which would include Owen, the Titans’ new centre for next season.

On the injury front, two of Rotherham’s second row forwards, Ben Thomas(hand) and Perry Parker(shoulder) are making progress, but it’s too soon to say when they’ll be fully recovered and available for selection again.