More young guns added to Knights arsenal

INCOMING: Outside half Tom Barrett has become the latest Knights signing.
INCOMING: Outside half Tom Barrett has become the latest Knights signing.

THE Knights will today unveil young Leeds-based duo Tom Barrett and James Munro as the newest arrivals.

Director of rugby Brett Davey has been keen to add depth to his squad, particularly by bringing in young and hungry players to put pressure on regular starters.

Outside half Barrett caught Davey’s eye playing against the Knights for Leeds Carnegie in the British and Irish Cup while scrum half Munro was a recommendation of Andy Boyde who coached him at Leeds University.

Both players have represented Yorkshire at under 20 level.

Davey told the Free Press: “These two lads are both local and they’re eager for the chance to impress.

“I’ve had my eye on Tom since earlier in the season when he did well against us and he’s an exciting talent.

“The same thing goes for James who comes with a great recommendation.

“We’ve been looking for youth in both areas of the squad and they’ll provide that along with a great deal of potential.

“We have a philosophy here that we don’t see anyone as a first team regular.

“Jerseys are up for grabs at all times so if a young lad is there, looking hungry and doing well he will have the chance to unseat a more experienced player.

“That’s the message we give to young lads we want to sign.”

Davey also added Dante Mama and Jethro Rawling to the squad this week.

Zimbabwean centre Mama and openside flanker Rawling arrived at Castle Park after playing with the Leicester Tigers development squad.

Both are players Davey is incredibly excited about.

He said: “I’ve had my eye on Dante for about 18 months and I came really close to signing him last summer.

“When the opportunity arose to get him on board I jumped at the chance.

“I saw him play for Loughborough and he just lit up the game which I think he’ll do here.

“Jethro finished the season with Jersey who won National One and I had a very good recommendation about him.

“We’ve lost a very good number seven in Zack Farivarz but I think we’ve replaced him with another one.

“Jethro is going to be an important player in an important role for us next season.”

Both Mama and Rawling continue the theme of young signings at 22 and 20-year-old respectively.

Late last week Sam Pailor and Will Simpson joined the Knights.

Second row Pailor joined the club from Bedford Blues while Simpson arrived from Loughborough Students.