Davey ready to unveil new Knights

ON BOARD: Dougie Flockhart has this week committed his future to the Knights in a player-coach role. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.

ON BOARD: Dougie Flockhart has this week committed his future to the Knights in a player-coach role. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.

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BRETT Davey will begin to announce a raft of new signings for the Knights following Saturday’s season curtain closer at Bristol.

With several names set to depart Castle Park after this weekend, Davey has already lined up a number of replacements and tied down several existing players to new deals.

Wing Dougie Flockhart this week joined Michael Keating in pledging his immediate future to the club.

But Davey remained tight-lipped on potential targets when he spoke to the Free Press this week.

He said: “We’re going to start revealing names from next week once we’ve got the last game out of the way.

“It’s unfortunate to lose players but you put a lot of hard work in bringing in quality replacements and that’s what’s been going on.

“We’ve got some good lads who have committed themselves to the club and we’re excited about the potential for next season.”

It was confirmed this week that hooker Steve Boden will end his seven year relationship with the club.

Boden is said to be keen to develop his skills as a plumber and would prefer a role in part time rugby.

Davey said: “It’s unfortunate when you lose a top lad like Steve in these circumstances but he’s got to do what’s best for his life.

“He’s been a magnificent servant for this club and he’ll be a big player for whoever he ends up with next.”

The Knights travel to play-off favourites Bristol on Saturday looking to avoid a tenth straight defeat following a second half collapse against Nottingham last weekend.

Davey said: “The disappointing thing about last weekend was that we never looked like doing anything along with the on-going issues with officials.

“The good work in the first half was all undone and we definitely can’t afford to make the same mistakes at Bristol.

“The lads can go out there and play without any weight on their shoulders, enjoy themselves against a quality side and hopefully end the season on a positive note.”