Melton RFC and Leicester Tigers old boy Will Hurrell is set to resume his full-time professional career after signing for Doncaster Knights.
Hurrell joined the Championship club from National Division One side Coventry where he spent two seasons juggling playing time with studies at Aston University.
Coventry supporters named Hurrell their Player of the Year last season after the 25-year-old missed just one game and touched down for 11 tries.
Such impressive form earned the winger a return to the international arena with the England Counties squad in February, and persuaded Doncaster’s director of rugby Clive Griffiths to move for him.
Hurrell said: “I’m excited to be joining Doncaster Knights and really happy to be working with Clive.
“I can’t wait to get started and join up with the squad for pre-season.”
It will be Hurrell’s second spell with the Knights having joined them on loan during his years in the Tigers academy.
The former England Under 20 international announced he would return to full-time rugby earlier this season, and will join the playing staff upon completion of his mathematics degree.
For his fans, the decision was a welcome U-turn from three years ago when a disillusioned Hurrell walked away from the game.
Unable to force his way into the Tigers’ star-studded First XV, he left Welford Road in 2011 and secured a move to London Welsh.
Hurrell helped Welsh to the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership, but was shown the exit at the end of his first season.
He joined Rotherham Titans, but soon after signing, Hurrell realised he had fallen out of love with the sport and opted for a university education.
But playing part-time rugby at Stourbridge, alongside his brother Rob, and then at Coventry, has rekindled his passion and hunger for rugby.
And Doncaster chief Griffiths is keen to tap into that.
“Will is a blockbusting, powerful winger. He has the ability to double up in the centres so will be a welcome addition to our squad in terms of versatility,” he said.