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Titans add to their backline

Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce the addition of Jack Roberts to their squad for the 2013/14 Championship season.

Roberts joins the Clifton Lane outfit from last season’s Welsh Premiership runners-up Llandovery, where he made 31 appearances for them last term, scoring 11 tries. Bangor-born, the twenty one years-old former Llanelli RFC & Wales U18, will compete for a berth in the centres at Rotherham.

Titans Head Coach Lee Blackett, who describes Roberts as a pocket rocket, explained how the acquisition of his latest recruit came about, “It was former Rotherham player Richard Emms who brought Jack to our attention. Richard told me he’d been looking at players in Wales and he’d seen a centre that we really ought to take a look at. So initially we had a look at some clips and it was apparent he was a line-breaker and very threatening in attack. Then, when we met-up with Jack we were very impressed with his attitude and his eagerness to come to Rotherham and show a wider audience what he can do.

“He’s got good hands, defensively he’s very good, he’s a confident player and we have massive hopes that he’ll make a mark in next season’s Championship.

“Jack will be competing with Juan, Joel, Jamie and Lloyd for a starting berth in the centres and Jack completes our recruitment in that position. It’s up to those guys to fight it out week in and week out for the jersey, but we wouldn’t have brought Jack here if we didn’t think he’d be competing for a starting position.”

Blackett continued by explaining where the club is in terms of its recruitment and which areas of the squad need strengthening, “I think the signing of Jack completes our backline; at some stage we may add to it, but that would only happen in pre-season onwards. I’m really happy to go into pre-season with the number of backs we have, but if in pre-season we feel we’re a man short we’ll look at bringing another player in then.

“In terms of the forwards, we have agreed a deal with a young back row player and we are hopeful of announcing something next week. We are also still in the market for a second row and a loose head prop, maybe two.

“It is I feel, very exciting times for Rotherham Titans; we’ve got the mainstay of our front five from last year. Our back row looks really dangerous; I think we’ve brought some great additions to the squad in that area and I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform next season.

“With our backs, I think people can see we’ve gone for a different type of player, not the typical Rotherham 6’ 5” and 18 stones player, but players who have pure speed and I think that shows the type of game plan we are intending to play.

“So, yes it is exciting times at the Lane and we’ll see how we go; we know as a club what we have and hopefully we may just surprise a few people next season.”

Jack Roberts is available to sponsor for the 2013/14 season, for further details contact: tony@rotherhamrugby.co.uk