Watson steps in to lift pack

NEW FACE ... Scarborough YDO Tom Harrison welcomes new signing Phil Watson
NEW FACE ... Scarborough YDO Tom Harrison welcomes new signing Phil Watson
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Former Castleford man Phil Watson is Scarborough RUFC’s third high-profile signing of the summer.

The big number eight or second row has moved to the area with work and with the signing of South African Nino Cutino last week will further bolster the much vaunted Silver Royd pack.

The 25-year-old made his debut for Castleford RUFC when he was 17 and apart from a detour to Cleckheaton five years ago, has been a fixture at the west Yorkshire club since.

He had considered playing for ‘Cas’ this season but felt he couldn’t do himself or his former club justice due to the travelling concerned.

Watson was given a ‘guided tour’ of the Silver Royd complex on Monday and afterwards said: “I played against Scarborough here last season and I was impressed with what I saw.

“On closer examination I can see that the attention to detail here has provided perhaps the best facilities at a junior club in the country; I can’t wait to start training and playing.”

Scarborough’s recruitment activities continue apace and several players required to bolster the back division and strengthen the squad are in the pipeline.

Scarborough Chief Executive Graeme Young said: “We have been in discussion with Phil for a number of weeks and are delighted that he has now signed for Scarborough, there is no doubt he will be a great addition to the pack.

“We were impressed with Phil when he played in the Christchurch Charity match last season so it’s a real bonus him relocating to our area and committing to our club.

“We now look forward to further signings in the backline to increase competition for places from 9 to 15.

“It is also pleasing that we shall be starting the season with probably the club’s strongest coaching set-up our history.

Head coach David Beck will be complimented by player coaches Jason Lowde and Craig Farrell who will both make significant contributions both on and off the playing field.”