WARRIORS have signed Kyle Hatherell – one of the brightest talents in the Greene King IPA Championship – from Jersey Reds.
The 25-year-old can play at number eight or lock and will join Warriors on April 1 on a contract that will take him to the end of the 2022/23 season.
Hatherell, who was born and raised in South Africa but who is England-qualified, joined Jersey three years ago having played for Marr in the Scottish Premiership. He previously played for Varsity College and Sharks Under-21s in South Africa.
“Their (Warriors’) ambitions are very much similar to my own and I was excited hearing about the young talent coming through, the alignment amongst all the staff and the top signings that are being made,” Hatherell said.
“I felt their knowledge of me as a player and what my good attributes and key work-ons were was very insightful and also how they thought I could improve in the environment.
“For me personally getting stuck in and working hard with the likes of JT, who was a top level seasoned international in my position, and with the other coaches Mark Irish, Mark Jones and Matt Sherratt, who have all either played or coached at the top level or both, is only going to help improve my game.
“I am extremely excited to be joining such a fantastic and ambitious club and showing my team-mates, coaches and the fans how I can contribute to the team moving forward.”
Warriors head coach Jonathan Thomas said: “Over the years the Championship has been such a good breeding ground for young talent. Not everyone comes through in the same way. Some are late developers who come through in an unorthodox way,” said
“Not everyone comes through an academy. The Championship gives those who have missed out for whatever reason the opportunity to show what they can do and fulfil their dreams.
“Kyle is someone who really jumped out at us. He’s mid-20s but he’s still pretty young in how many games of senior rugby he has played.”
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons predicted a bright future for Hatherell in the Gallagher Premiership.
“He is a big, powerful, explosive number eight with tremendous ball-carrying ability,” he said.
“I firmly believe that he is going to make a huge impact in the Gallagher Premiership and will be invaluable to the Warriors’ cause.
Warriors travel to Bath on Saturday looking to end a run of ten straight defeats.