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Scott steps in to Reds squad

03/02/2017

Jersey Reds have added the experience of centre/wing Nick Scott to their squad for the remainder of the season.

Scott, 26, began his professional career as a teenager with Newbury before spending two seasons at Bath and a further three seasons at London Welsh. Last season he moved to Wales to play for Newport Gwent Dragons and most recently he had a short spell with Sale Sharks.

The arrival of Scott follows the departure of Heath Stevens after a short spell on the Island, having had an opportunity to make the move into a career in teaching. The 24-year-old played in two Greene King IPA Championship matches for the Reds during his time on the Island, and is expected to rejoin one of his former clubs, Coventry.

Head Coach Harvey Biljon said: "Nick's a pedigree player with considerable experience in the Premiership, Championship and Pro 12; he hasn't played much rugby so far this season - he's really keen to get out on the pitch and get stuck in over the coming weeks.

"Nick's availability came at a good time for both the club and himself, with Heath Stevens leaving us. Heath had the offer of a really good opportunity to start preparing for life beyond rugby and I appreciate his reasons for wanting to make the move - we wish him all the best."

Another player who has left St Peter is loose-head prop Marc Thomas, who was offered an opportunity back in his native Wales. Thomas signed a contract with Cardiff Blues, and made his debut in last week's Anglo-Welsh Cup tie against Sale Sharks.

"We're disappointed to lose Marc, but the Blues have had injuries in the front row this season and this was an opportunity for him to move back home and get established as a Pro 12 player," said Biljon.

Thomas, 26, made 13 Championship and one British & Irish Cup appearance for the Reds this season, scoring two tries.

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