A Knight’s Tale: Michael Heaney

Michael Heaney
Michael Heaney

The mood in the camp has been boosted after a good performance against London Welsh.

We played really well in the first half and took our chances, but the Exiles had a purple patch in the second period and we didn’t help ourselves with a couple of silly yellow cards.

Hopefully we will turn them over this Saturday as we seek revenge for our narrow loss.

We are getting stronger over the course of the play-offs and it would be nice to pick up a couple of wins towards the end of the season.

I only joined the Knights in late December so Christmas was a bit manic for me moving to Doncaster from Belfast, but I have settled in quickly.

I mainly spend my spare time with the Irish contingent and Jack [Yeandle] of course.

We tend to chill out in local coffee houses, gyms, cinema and bowling.

However, this week with the lovely sunshine we have been out playing golf and the barbeque has been in use.

The banter in the squad is great, even if Michael Noone does struggle a tad.

We haven’t seen much of him this week as his vampire-like creature hides from the sunlight, probably chilling out with David Bradford in a dark room with hoodies on.

My housemates are Dougie Flockhart and Gareth Quinn-McDonogh, which has been interesting at meal times.

Gareth has asserted himself as head chef and Dougie, the gatherer, brings home obvious Scottish delicacies such as Lamb’s liver and Cow’s udder.

It’s been great to team up again with Gareth. We played a lot of rugby together for Ireland U20s and we have a really good understanding on the pitch - I have every confidence in him every time I pass.

I moved here to gain experience and am enjoying it so far. Hopefully I can learn more next season if Knights want me to stay.

It would be nice to get a few more starts under my belt and build a successful team at Castle Park.