Pearce staying at the Lane
Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce that back row forward Laurence Pearce has penned a deal which will see him remain at Clifton Lane for next season.
The 22 year-old Grantham-born number 8 has endured a torrid season injury wise and only made his debut for the club at the back end of February, against Aberavon in the British & Irish Cup. Pearce has made five appearances to date and has already demonstrated an eye for the try line as he’s picked up three tries along the way.
Titans Assistant Coach Lee Blackett is thrilled that Laurence has committed his future to Rotherham and commented, “It’s great news for the club that Laurence has decided to stay on for next season. He’s been really disappointed at not being able to play for most of the campaign due to the knee injury he picked up in a pre-season game against Sheffield Tigers. It’s been a long road for him and he’s worked very hard to get back to where he is and in the three starts he’s had for us, he’s looked really good.
“We see Laurence as one of those players with the x-factor and there can’t be many better ball carriers than him in the division. You can almost guarantee that you’re going to get plenty of front-foot ball with him in the side. Like all players though he’s got things to work on and I think we will see a lot more from him next term once he’s in tip-top physical shape. His fitness levels aren’t quite there at the moment, but that’s only natural when you’ve had as much time out of the game as Laurence has.”
Pearce himself is delighted to have sorted out his plans for next season and he’s hoping to show the faithful at Clifton Lane just what he’s capable of. Laurence explained, “One of the deciding factors in staying at Rotherham was Championship rugby. The Championship is a quality environment that’s very competitive and my ambition is to play at the highest level possible. We’ve got a great bunch of lads here and a lot of them have signed on for next season and that makes a huge difference too.
“I feel very much at home at Clifton Lane and although because of my injury I’ve missed pretty much most of the season; the games I have played recently in front our supporters have been really special and very enjoyable.
“I’ve been pleased with my performances of late and hopefully I’ve made a contribution to the team, but I’m just so happy to be playing rugby once again.
“Apparently the supporters have nicknamed me JCB which I have to confess I’m happy with that tag. Hopefully I can kick-on again next season and give the supporters plenty to shout about.”