Charlie Clare signs loan deal with Jersey11/12/2012
JRFC confirm new loan signing for 1st XV squad.
Jersey have bolstered their forward options with the signing of
hooker Charlie Clare on loan from Leicester Tigers.
The hooker, who first joined the Tigers in 2008, arrived on the Island yesterday (Monday) and has initially agreed a one-month loan deal. There is an option in place to extend the arrangement if all parties are happy.
Clare could make his first appearance for Jersey against Leinster 'A' in the British & Irish Cup this Sunday, which will also be his 21st birthday.
"It's great to strengthen our squad with a talented player like Charlie, who I believe is a rugby player on the point of realising his considerable potential," said Jersey's Director of Rugby, Ben Harvey. "The club has had an attritional season so far with our fair share of injuries, and there have been occasions when we have been without a specialist hooker on the bench, so an extra option in that department will be a definite asset."
Harvey added: "Charlie's career has developed in a professional environment at Leicester, and to have hookers of the pedigree of Richard Cockerill and Neil McCarthy [Director of Rugby and Academy Manager at Leicester] as your mentors should leave him well-equipped."
Charlie is a product of the renowned Cumbrian rugby school Sedbergh and represented England at Under 16 level. As well as playing in Academy and 'A' League matches for Tigers he also made loan appearances for Nottingham and Loughborough Students in 2011/12.