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To provide further good news, the latest two talented players to sign new contracts for the Cornish Pirates are hooker Dan Frost and back-rower John Stevens.
Dan, who first signed for the Cornish Pirates at the end of last season after having impressed during two loan spells from Taunton, has signed for a further year. Now aged 21, the former England under 18s, North Petherton and Bath Academy player has to date made 26 appearances for the Pirates.
As for Cornishman John, aged 24, the product of Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s youth section has signed a new two-year contract. He first put pen to paper for the Cornish Pirates in 2013, initially gaining important experience playing also for Redruth. This certainly aided his development, leading to him really making his mark as a regular for the Pirates from last season. His games tally for the club is presently 62.
Commenting reference these latest two signings, co-coach Alan Paver said:
Starting with Dan, he is an exciting player and we are really pleased to keep hold of him as he has developed into a fine hooker. Having played in the back-row in the past he has also been able to bring forward those attributes and he always gives 150 per cent. A young man who plays with his heart on his sleeve, he is someone who has the X-factor and can do something from nothing.
John is another fine signing. It took him a while to get up and running because we had a lot of established back-rowers in his position but he stuck at it and is very determined. He is also very skillful, sees the game extremely well and is as tough as they come, which I really like. In the same mould as say Sam Betty and Matt Bolwell, you need to have such players in your environment to fully understand how valuable they are.
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