Hannay agrees Leeds transfer16/04/2013
Jersey's Nathan Hannay has agreed a transfer to Jersey's RFU Championship rivals Leeds Carnegie.
The 28-year-old, who was born in Yorkshire before moving to south-west England aged three, has signed a two-year deal with Leeds, and will leave Jersey in May following the end of the current season.
Ben Harvey, Director of Rugby, said: "Nathan has had an opportunity to continue his career with a different Championship club, and he goes with our best wishes.
"He made a significant contribution to our promotion-winning seasons in National Two South and National One and, should all go to plan this week, we'll be looking forward to catching up with him again next season."
Hannay signed for Jersey is the summer of 2010 and made more than 50 appearances for the 1st XV. He missed almost six months of his first season through injury but returned to help Jersey to National Two play-off success, scoring two tries in the 30-5 victory over Loughborough Students. He played 26 games in 2011/12 as Jersey claimed the National One title, and also won two Siam Cup caps.
The lock forward captained Jersey during the first half of the current season, and was also selected for the representative RFU Championship XV who faced the Maori All Blacks last November (see picture below).
In moving to Leeds, Hannay will link up with former Jersey wing David Doherty, who spent the latter half of the 2010/11 season on the Island before moving to Cornish Pirates and subsequently to Leeds in his home county.
Jersey's main focus has been on achieving the results necessary to avoid relegation in their first season at level two of the English league pyramid. Victory over Doncaster Knights last Saturday was a vital one for the club, but safety has yet to be guaranteed and the Islanders have an important match at Cornish Pirates this weekend, as well as watching out for Doncaster's results in their final two games.
Harvey revealed that he had been working behind-the-scenes to finalise his squad for 2013/14, including a mix of current squad members and new signings, with announcements expected after the season has finished.