Knights ace Kettle steams in for Doncaster Phoenix

Adam Kettle in action for the Knights this season. Picture: Andrew Roe
Adam Kettle in action for the Knights this season. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Phoenix have moved swiftly to strengthen their squad for next year’s campaign by signing popular ex-Doncaster Knights back row Adam Kettle.

Kettle, who last month announced his retirement from Championship rugby after making more than 100 appearances for the Knights, will turn out for Yorkshire One side Phoenix.

The powerhouse flanker will also help to assist coach Ryan Peacey.

Kettle is expected to join Peacey and former Knights team-mate Chris Planchant in forming a formidable backrow unit for Phoenix as they bid to improve on last year’s third place and launch a promotion push.

Kettle, 31, returned to Castle Park in 2011 after a brief spell with Yorkshire rivals Rotherham Titans, while the Liverpool-born forward also played at Championship level for Bedford and Plymouth Albion.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Phoenix and am looking forward to helping the club get to the next level and hopefully achieve promotion next year,” said Kettle who helped drive the Knights towards this season’s dramatic National One championship.

“I know they play a good style and level of rugby and it means I can continue to play at a decent standard as well as getting involved on the coaching side.”

Phoenix director of rugby Drew Noble added: “This is great news for us.

“I’m really excited to see how the attacking and defensive capability of a player like Adam fits into the template of what we are attempting to build here.”