Scarborough RUFC’s player of the year Nino Cutino is set to leave the club after agreeing a deal to sign for National Two North outfit Harrogate.
Cutino leaves Silver Royd after three years with the Yorkshire One outfit and joins Kiwi Benji Cottle, Czech Jan Tieber and former youth development officer Tom Harrison, who are also leaving the club.
The burly South African insists the decision to leave was a tough one.
He said: “Leaving Scarbororough was a really tough decision to take.
“It took me over a month to decide and I’m gutted to be leaving, but I have to give it a try playing at a higher level.
“I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be over here so I’d like to see how I get on playing at as high a level as possible.
“I’m gutted to be leaving the club. They’ve been great to me for three seasons and I’ve made some great friends here.
“I obviously wish them all the best for next season, they’ll no doubt have a strong team and I’ll be hoping they can do well in the National KO.”
SRUFC director of rugby Mike Holder was quick to wish Cutino all the best with his new club, while he is also confident that coach Lee Douglas will have a strong squad at his disposal at the start of the 2014/15 season.
Former player and YDO Matty Jones is expected to return in a player/coach role at the club, while others are set to sign on.
Holder said: “It’s always busy at this time, players come and go. Unfortunately Nino is one of those players leaving and we respect his decision to want to go and play at a higher level and we wish him all the best.
“Matty Jones is coming back, which will be a huge boost, and Lee Douglas has decided on a couple of other players that he wants at the club too, so we’ll be strong again for next season.
“Tom Chadwick, our new YDO starts in July and will slot into the squad. He was recommended to us by Lee and will no doubt make an impact at No10.
“We will also have Corey Dennis back next season, which will be a huge boost as he is a very good player.
“As far as the club is concerned, we’re really excited for next season and we are confident we will be strong.”
Holder also confirmed some of their players, including Tom Ratcliffe, had been approached by other clubs, but that he expects them to stay put.
Holder added: “Tom will be staying put as far as I know.”