Foreign legion joins Scarborough charge

Scarborough RUFC news
Scarborough RUFC news

Scarborough RUFC have snapped up a trio of overseas players to boost this season’s quest to push on inYorkshire One .

The club have moved to recruit New Zealanders Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle, while Czech utility back Jan Tieber has also joined up for the Silver Royd club.

Former player Matty Jones played a big part in the recruitment of backs Cottle and Nightingale, while Tieber is a friend of current Scarborough man Zbynek Schutz.

Scarborough head of recruitment Nick Ingham is expecting big things from the trio.

He said: “I had a consultation with our head coach Lee Douglas about the priority of the players we needed to bring in.

“My job at the club is to do exactly that, so it was a case of contacting agents and a few former players of Scarborough.

“I spoke to Matty, who had heard of Benji and he validated how good he was as a player.

“I also took some video of Blake to Lee and we decided to move for both.

“Both have played at a good standard and we are expecting them to make an immediate impact.

“Jan has impressed in sevens and training this summer since coming down with Spinners (Schutz), so we are looking forward to seeing him in action as well.”

Scarborough needed to recruit after losing Corey Dennis, Ben Wilson and Luke Raines, who have all left the club, while Craig Farrell is pondering retirement from the game.

Ingham added: “Losing Corey is a big blow, while Ben didn’t play that many games because of injury, but he is another loss to the club.

“Craig has been talking about retirement, but he just likes having his ego rubbed, so we’ll be handling that in the coming weeks.”

Scarborough are also throwing their doors open to new players for the other teams at the club.

“We just want any local guys who fancy a game to come down,” said Ingham.

“As much as we talk about recruitment for the first team, we are also looking for new faces in all the teams at the club.

“If you fancy a game or a run out just contact me at the club.”