Craig Dowsett signs in at Clifton Lane
Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce the addition of winger Craig Dowsett to the Titans squad ahead of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Dowsett’s arrival from Loughborough Students continues to demonstrate the strength and success of the relationship between Rotherham and the university club.
The 22 years-old winger, who can also play full back, will join up with the Titans for pre-season training in the summer. Dowsett is currently enjoying a successful season with Loughborough in National 1, having scored twelve tries in twenty five appearances.
Titans Head Coach, Lee Blackett, delighted at capturing his man commented, “Craig first came to our attention when we played Loughborough in a pre-season game last summer. He stood out instantly when he took a ball and made a break to set up their only try of the game. He was someone who straightaway caught our eye. I spoke to Loughborough’s Director of Rugby, Dave Morris, immediately after the game about him and once we found out that he was leaving Loughborough at the end of the season, we moved in pretty sharpish. He was one of our key targets for next year and we’ve kept tabs on him all season, he’s someone who I believe can make a mark in the Championship.
“We can’t just have squad players, we have to have players that are ready and able to compete at this level and I believe Craig fits our requirements perfectly. We wouldn’t have brought Craig in if we felt he wouldn’t be in contention to start week in and week out.
“His main asset is his strength, although he’s got plenty of pace about him too. Dave Morris and Scott Bemand (Skills and Attack Coach) have both recommended him highly and they think a lot of Craig. He’ll give us great balance and will add to the competition for starting places in the back three.
“We signed Sam Heygate from Loughborough last year and we have a great relationship with the club and the university. It’s a relationship we want with Loughborough; they are doing very well in the league below us and they have a very professional set-up; we have a lot of respect for the club and the university. The signing of Craig is a great example of the strength of the relationship between the clubs and where we can, following the guys education; we’ll try and get them into full time rugby.
“The link with Loughborough is an important one for us and it’s one we’d like to see flourish. We trained with them last year, we’ve trained with them again this year and we’ve had a pre-season game against them. The link is beneficial and it’s one we’d like to continue.”
Dowsett’s Director of Rugby at Loughborough, David Morris, is equally delighted that one of his protégé’s has excelled sufficiently to catch the eye of the Titans. Morris explained, “I am delighted that Craig has signed professional terms with Rotherham Titans. I know Lee Blackett well and have been really impressed with the progress Rotherham have made this year under his leadership. That success comes from great coaching and an excellent culture which Craig witnessed first hand when we trained against Rotherham in February.
“Loughborough Sport's purpose is to 'build a lifetime of success' for our athletes. We are very proud to be part of Craig's development as a rugby player and as a person. He has been outstanding this season and has the power, pace and footwork to make a significant impact in the Championship next year. I believe good people make good rugby players and I know Craig will represent himself and the Loughborough program to the highest standard when he starts with Rotherham.
“Finally, huge credit must be given to Craig for his dedication to his studies and his rugby. I say to the players at Loughborough it’s not about where you start it’s about where you are at when you finish at Loughborough. Craig is a great example of this. He started in the 4th team in his first year. Next year he will be a full-time rugby player with a degree and masters under his belt. Not a bad place to be in for a young man. I know he will continue to develop at Rotherham Titans and everyone at Loughborough will proudly be following his rugby career.”
Despite Dowsett having other offers on the table, from a host of other clubs, he’s thrilled to be joining the Clifton Lane based side. Dowsett said, “Loughborough trained with Rotherham earlier in the season and I could see the similarities in culture between the two clubs. Following talks with Lee I was really impressed with the vision and aspirations of the club which really helped me in making my decision between Rotherham and the other clubs that made offers.
“Being born and raised in Belgium before moving to England for university, I have taken a different rugby development route to the norm, playing 2 seasons in National 2 North, 2 seasons in National 1 and now I am buzzing at the opportunity of playing full time rugby, working hard and making the step up.
“Loughborough has played a major role in my development on and off the pitch, providing me with the grounding and support to allow me to advance. I have really enjoyed my time at Loughborough and am highly motivated in finishing the season as strongly as possible with them to ensure that the club remains in National 1.”