London Scottish have completed the double signing of Dan George and Mike Howard from Bedford Blues to bring significant experience to the pack for next season.
Mike Howard will combine rugby with work meaning he will train with the Scots on a part-time basis, whilst Dan George will become a player/coach as he looks to take the first steps towards a coaching career.
Howard joined Bedford in 2008 and went on to make 239 appearances for the Blues, and the 6ft 4” second row was recognised for his time at Goldington Road with a testimonial next weekend.
The 31-year-old is excited to be heading to the Athletic Ground:
“I’m really pleased to have signed for Scottish for what promises to be a very exciting year ahead, and I’m looking forward to working with all the new players and coaches to ensure that I hit the ground running’.”
Dan George will form part of the coaching team alongside Dave Morris and Jake Sharp, whilst also playing at hooker during the 17/18 season.
The 30-year-old joined Bedford from Blackheath and has also played for Gloucester, Worcester Warriors and London Welsh, with plenty of experience on offer.
George says it’s an exciting time to be joining the Scots:
“I'm looking forward to joining London Scottish during this exciting period. Having spoken with Carson and Dave I believe the model and vision they have for the club is excellent and one I very much want to be a part of.”
He added: “On the rugby side, I'd like to think I can bring plenty of experience and knowledge to the squad and help develop some of the younger players in my dual role as a coach.”
Director of Rugby Dave Morris is pleased to have added significant depth to the forwards for the upcoming 17/18 season.
“Mike brings a huge amount of Championship experience and also experience of balancing work commitments with Championship rugby. He will be a great role model for our other part-time players, demonstrating the disciplines and behaviours needed to continue to be the best they can be on and off the rugby field.”
“Dan brings further top level experience to our environment. His basics are excellent as a player and I feel this will be reflected in his coaching as well. I am very much looking forward to supporting Dan in his coaching journey and I know I will learn a lot off him along the way.”