3 NEW SIGNINGS FOR NEATH

Neath have given their supporters an early Christmas present with three new signings heading to The Gnoll.

With five straight wins behind them, the Blacks have moved to fill vacancies in the squad ahead of the New Year.

Flanker Ben Lukes is transferring in from Neath Athletic, having made 5 starts already. Head Coach Patrick Horgan is pleased with the development of last year’s Colts captain and is delighted to add him to an already strong pool of young back rowers.

Hooker Adam Nation comes in from nearby Glynneath. Adam has already represented the Blacks and signs on following the injury to Jake Lewis who suffered medial ligament damage at Ystalyfera recently.

Scrum-half Ross Pritchard arrives from Llanharan to contest the scrum-half spot with Nicky Griffiths and Macauley Griffiths. Ross was with Clifton last year and has Premiership experience with Cardiff and Cross Keys.

Pat Horgan said, “All three have been training with us already and have the potential to play a big role in our future. Ben is progressing nicely while Adam and Ross will strengthen us in key positions.

“We have some big challenges ahead of us in the New Year and we are steadily re-building the depth of squad we need after last year. The squad deserves praise for the way in which we have come back from a difficult October when injuries derailed us.

“There is a good spirit in the squad and we are settling down now; some are learning quickly but there is still scope for improvement. Ideally I’d like to add extra Premiership quality to the squad too.

Re-building from last year has been a massive job which is only just starting really. While most Neath supporters say they are enjoying the Championship and its new challenges, Neath’s ultimate aim is a return to the Premiership when ready.