DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey has re-signed another three of last season’s squad.
Open-side flanker David Bradford enjoyed a successful season after joining the club from Ulster Ravens last summer, and scored five tries from 12 starts during the 2011-12 Championship campaign.
“David has progressed a lot over the course of the season and next season we see him fighting it out for the seven jersey with one other player,” said Davey.
“David has a lot of potential and a positive future in the game with Doncaster, he is only going to get better.”
Loose-head prop Andy Brown has also signed up for another season with Knights.
The 22-year-old has shared the number one shirt since his arrival from Cambridge in the 2010/11 season.
“Andy is quickly becoming a really good loose-head and has impressed me a lot this season and he his learning each game he plays,” said Davey.
“Competition for places will step up next season at prop, where he faces a tough test with Tom (Davies) and Adam (Tamanis), but competition gets the best out of good players.”
No. 8 Chris Planchant has also opted to stay on at Castle Park after finding his form of old last season having recovered from a serious knee injury.
“‘Planch’ is a great bloke, a real team player and exudes the spirit of Doncaster, he has been a leader on and off the field and his signing is of big significance,” said Davey.
“He had a good season just gone and is a senior player in our squad which helps a lot of the young lads.”
He added: “Chris will be combining rugby with his career outside of the game, but I still see him playing a lot of Championship rugby - but no place is a certainty next season.”