Old year out, new face in at Knights

New Doncaster Knights signing Michael Heaney
New Doncaster Knights signing Michael Heaney

BRETT Davey has eased his Knights injury crisis with the signing of Ulster scrum half Michael Heaney.

The 22-year-old has arrived at Castle Park to provide cover for skipper Chris Hallam who has played every game since Lee Audis suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash last month.

Former Ireland U20 star Heaney has experience against Championship sides having represented Ulster in the British and Irish Cup this season, and Davey is pleased to have him on board.

He said: “We’re delighted Michael has decided to join us.

“We’ve been desperate for a new scrum half and he’s up to our standards.

“He’ll be involved straight away and head down to Plymouth with us on Friday.

“It’ll be tough for the squad because it’s only a four day turnaround but we’ll be doing all we can this week and Michael’s arrival has really helped us out.”

The Knights see out 2011 on Friday evening at Plymouth Albion, heading south on the back of a Boxing Day draw with Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie which Davey jokingly described as ‘like kissing your mother in law.’

To read more of Brett Davey’s comments, see this week’s Free Press, out now.