Titans add three players to their squad: Joel Hodgson

Titans add three players to their squad

Due to an increasing injury list at Clifton Lane, Rotherham Titans have acted quickly to strengthen the squad as they approach the business end of the Greene King IPA Championship.

The club have signed centre Jordan Davies for the remainder of this and next season and they have also recruited on duel registered terms, fly half Joel Hodgson and back rower Ben Morris, both from Premiership side Newcastle Falcons.

Titans Lee Blackett explained the necessity of the squad additions, “We’ve been lucky all year with injuries, but all of a sudden in the last month they’ve taken a toll on the squad and potentially we’ve lost a couple of the boys for the rest of the year. We have to try and freshen things up a bit and we’re thankful that we’ve got this deal with Newcastle, we have a good relationship with them and they also get the benefit of seeing their players perform at this level. “

Twenty three years-old centre Jordan Davies is no stranger to Lee Blackett, as he explains, “We’ve signed Jordan Davies until the end of the 2014/15 season; I played with Jordan for a short spell when he was at Leeds. He’s also played at Sale Sharks and rugby league for Salford Reds. He’s a young man with massive potential, but he’s also got a bit of experience about him as well. Jordan was someone we were targeting for next year but we had the option of getting him now so we’ve signed him up.

“Jordan’s a centre who can play at either 12 or 13; his strengths are he’s great with ball in hand, he goes at the line very well and he’s got a great kick on him. He’s different in stature to the other centres we have at the moment and at 6' 2" he’ll give us a bit more size across the backline.”

Twenty one years-old fly half Joel Hodgson is no stranger to the Titans having started three Championship games this term for them. Lee Blackett said of his arrival, “Joel is someone who we know quite a bit more about having played for us already this season. The agreement with the Falcons is when he’s not involved up there he’ll be with us.

“I think you only have to look at the games Joel’s been involved in for us to recognise that he’s every bit a Premiership rugby player. In attack he takes on the gain line, creates a nice pass and exposes opposition defences. Defensively for someone of his size he always puts his body on the line and I like to see that in a player. His kicking game is very good and for us his game management has been outstanding.”

Bringing up the trio of new additions is twenty two years-old back rower Ben Morris. Blackett believes Ben can impress at Championship level and added, “Ben Morris has come in on duel registration terms from Newcastle Falcons; he’s played a couple of first team games up there this year, but he’s spent the majority of the year at Blaydon RFC. It helps having people like Micky Ward here as our scrum coach. He’s talked about Ben all year and he’s told us Ben is one of Blaydon’s best players and he picks up the man-of-the-match accolade almost every other week.

“So we’ll give Ben a chance to step up to the mark and see how he goes at this level. He can play at either number 8 or at blindside and Newcastle are very keen to see how he goes down here. His biggest strength is undoubtedly his ball-carrying abilities.”