Scarborough RUFC have picked Kiwi Harry Domett for their crunch derby clash at East Coast rivals Bridlington tomorrow.
Domett will be making his second debut for the club after he enjoyed a stint at Silver Royd a couple of years ago before heading back to his native New Zealand.
The winger arrived back in the country last week and has hit the ground running in training, catching the eye of coach Lee Douglas, who has thrown him straight into the starting XV.
Domett admits he was surprised to be included in the first-team squad so soon, but is confident of making an immediate impact for the club.
He said: “I’m excited to be back at the club and back in the team for the game at Bridlington.
“I didn’t expect to be in the first team straight away. I thought I would have to play a few games in the Vikings and then move up, but the coach has shown faith in me and I hope to hit the ground running tomorrow.”
Domett has been impressed with the changes that have taken place since he was last at the club, in particular the leadership of coach Lee Douglas and skipper Phil Watson.
The winger added: “It seems the club has a different mentality to when I was last here.
“There is a lot of positivity around the club and I’ve been impressed with Lee and Phil at the training sessions I’ve been to.
“The guys definitely believe we can have a surge up the table and finish as high as possible.
“They’ve clearly won enough games, but haven’t picked up as many bonus points as they’d have liked along the way.”
Domett has also been impressed by the club’s current Kiwi duo of Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle.
He added: “I’ve met Benji and Blake briefly at training and they both look like good players and they’re both good lads too.”
Scarborough are without Tom Harrison, who misses out with an injury, but they welcome back South African man mountain Nino Cutino.
Captain Phil Watson returns to the starting line-up and aggressive fly-half Phil Stewart replaces the injured Harrison on the bench.
Scarborough RUFC squad to play Bridlington: Graeme Jeffrey, Harry Domett, Benji Cottle, Billy Parker, Joe Lenton, Tom Ratcliffe, Zbynek Schutz, Nino Cutino, Ian Williams, Paul Taylor, Matty Oxtoby, Phil Watson, Chris Purdy, Blake Nightingale, Charlie Hoggard, Phil J Stewart, Ryan Pickering, Nick Ingham
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