Titans trio confirm stay
Titans rugby are pleased to announce a further three players from last years squad have made the commitment to stay at Clifton Lane for the 2012-13 Championship season.
Loosehead prop Jamie Kilbane, Hooker Ted Stagg and lock forward Neale Patrick have all penned deals to ensure they are part of the clubs push for a top-end finish to next season’s Championship.
Kilbane’s extension will see him enter his 8th season with the South Yorkshire side, having made his debut during the 2005-06 season. At just under six foot and approaching 18 stone, the amiable Irishman packs a huge punch and is considered by many to be one of the best technical scrimmagers in the Championship.
The former Belfast Harlequins and Clontarf prop has made 94 appearances for the Titans, with 84 of those being league appearances and it is expected that he will join an exclusive club of players that have hit the magic 100 mark next term.
Ted Stagg made a good impression with the Titans coaching staff during his first season and has been rewarded with a contract extension for next term. The former Bath Academy hooker made 21 appearances last season and his expected to develop further with the rigours that Championship rugby offers.
At 23 years of age Stagg has huge potential and a good pedigree and will no doubt push Dan Baines exceptionally hard for the number two jersey next term.
Also at 23 years of age, Neale Patrick showed plenty of glimpses of his huge potential in what was an interrupted injury-plagued first season at Clifton Lane. Despite his injury set-back, Patrick produced some powerful performances in the ‘engine room’ of the Titans formidable pack.
At 6’ 8” and over 18 stone, Patrick represents the modern-day archetypical rugby player with his power and physicality. The former Boroughmuir prodigy made 15 appearances last season and will be eager to surpass that total next term. He’s another Titan that is sure to improve during his second season of Championship rugby.