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At a time of year when the Cornish Pirates have announced in-contract players, one new signing to date, plus a growing list of re-signs, it is all but inevitable that player departure news will also be confirmed.
Indeed, fly-half Laurence May will leave the Cornish Pirates at the end of the season, having signed a two-year contract with Ealing Trailfinders.
Aged 23, Barnstaple-born Laurence arrived at the Mennaye Field in 2014/15, initially on dual-registration with Exeter Chiefs. At the end of that season he then signed full-time and in continuing his development has also been the club’s leading points scorer for the past three seasons. Overall, in making 97 appearances for the Cornish Pirates he has amassed 599 points.
Laurence has commented:
Having experienced four great years at the Pirates, I’ve loved every minute, learnt a lot and made some great friends, but I felt it’s my time to move on and experience something new.
The Pirates will always be special to me and I’m thankful to everyone involved at the club for making my time so enjoyable.
Appreciation is expressed to Gav and Paves (Cornish Pirates’ co-coaches Gavin Cattle & Alan Paver) for helping and mentoring me on and off the pitch over the years, and I’d also like to thank Anita, Peter and Nick George at the Mermaid on Isles of Scilly for sponsoring me.
On behalf of the Cornish Pirates, coach Gavin Cattle said:
We are really sorry to lose Laurence who is looking for a new experience in his career. He has been a big contributor in his four good seasons with us and has certainly pushed our attack both on and off the pitch.
On a personal level I’d also like to thank for his contributions and it has been a pleasure to see him develop, not only as a player but also as a man.
As the Cornish Pirates continue to strengthen their squad for next season, it has been announced that centre Callum Patterson will be joining from Ulster.
A further two Cornish-bred players have re-signed for the Cornish Pirates.
Confirming their latest new signing for next season, the Cornish Pirates have announced that fly-half/centre/full-back Javier Rojas Alvarez has put pen to paper on a one-year contract.