Neath RFC have signed Dragons second row Scott Andrews for the Premiership 2018/19 season. The 6’5’’, 23 year old came through the Dragons Academy when Neath General Manager Will Thomas ran the Academy and was given his first professional Dragons contract by current Neath RFC Head Coach, Lyn Jones. Scott has also played national age grade rugby for Wales U20s in the 2014 World Championship and then made his Dragons debut in 2016 against Leinster in the Pro 12. Andrews has also amassed a large amount of Premiership experience playing for Cross Keys, Newport and Bedwas and also had a loan stint at high flying Ealing Trailfinders in the English Championship.
Neath RFC Head Coach, Lyn Jones, commented on this key signing ‘I worked with Scott while at the Dragons and he’s a good professional who will help us to drive standards next season. We are short of a few leaders in the squad at the moment so Scott will add vital leadership on top of his good technical and athletic ability. This is undoubtedly a key signing for us and I have no doubt the Neath community will make Scott feel very welcome at the Gnoll.’
Neath RFC Chairman, Mike Cuddy, commented ‘now that the ring fencing period in the Premiership is over we are taking a slightly different strategy to the one over the last two seasons of primarily focusing on developing young local talent. We are now adding to the young Neath squad with some key signings from professional rugby that will further help our young players in their development and just as importantly move us up the Premiership table.’
Scott Andrews commented on his move to the Welsh All Blacks, ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Dragons, coming through their pathway and learning and developing to play national age grade and Pro 14 rugby so I’ve got a lot to thank them for. However it’s now time for a change and I was really excited by Lyn and Mike’s vision for Neath RFC over the next few seasons. While I’m still young and still have ambitions to return to professional rugby I’m very much concentrated on Neath next season in what is looking like being a pivotal season in the Premiership. I’m really looking forward to getting started.’
Will Thomas, General Manager at Neath RFC commented on the excitement around the Club, ‘All the supporters have been commenting about how excited they are about the plans for next season and with the addition of Regan King and now Scott will only add to the excitement. As you can imagine there was really strong competition for Scott’s signature but he wanted to work with Lyn again and he was impressed with the Club’s vision for the future.’
Welcome on board Scott, we can’t wait to see you run out for the Welsh All Blacks in front of the famous Gnoll roar.