Cambridge chemistry graduate Burdon adds to the mix at Doncaster Knights

Brett Davey welcomes new signing Fred Burdon to Castle Park.

Brett Davey welcomes new signing Fred Burdon to Castle Park.

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BRETT Davey hopes new signing Fred Burdon will add to the growing chemistry in the Castle Park changing room.

Knights have made their most promising start to the season for several years under their new director of rugby - and confidence is sky high after a five-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

But that has not stopped Davey from adding the 23-year-old Geordie to his squad.

Burdon, who has a first class degree in chemistry from Cambridge University, impressed Davey while playing for National League One side Blaydon.

The young centre played for Premiership side Newcastle Falcons’ Academy as a youngster and fills the hole in midfield left by the departure of player coach Paul Devlin last month.

Burdon said: “I joined the Knights because of their ambition and the quality of their rugby.

“They have great coaches here and they’re doing well in the Championship, they want to push on as far as they can.

“My own aim is to integrate well into the team and get as much game time as possible so we can push up the league.

“They seem like really good lads, I already knew Jack Yeandle from England Students rugby and he recommended the Knights really strongly, which helped with my decision to sign,” he added.

“I’ve heard the area is very like Newcastle, where I’m from, with honest, friendly people.

“Hopefully I can make an impact on the rugby scene here and I just want to slot into the team and get the best out of myself for Doncaster.”