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Nottingham sign Plymouth Player of the Season Jon Vickers

NOTTINGHAM Rugby can confirm that Plymouth Albion hooker Jon Vickers will join the Meadow Lane club next season.


HOOK IN: Plymouth Player of the Season for 2012/13 Jon Vickers will join Nottingham next season.

Vickers, who was honoured as Plymouth's Player of the Season for 2012/13 at the weekend, made 28 league appearances for the Devon outfit since first moving to The Brickfields as a dual-registered Exeter Chiefs player in 2011.

The 24-year-old former Northampton hooker was recognised as one of the best front-rowers in England's second-tier competition this season, starting for the RFU Championship XV in the historic meeting with the Maori All Blacks in November.

Nottingham Rugby head coach Martin Haag said: "The quality and brand of rugby that we have played all year has attracted interest from players of the highest calibre and we are delighted to add Jon to our squad for next season.

"Jon fits the type of player that we want to push us forward. He will have big shoes to fill with Joe Duffey announcing that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, but Jon has shown himself to be one of the stand-out performers in the Championship this season.

"As a young lad he has room for development and at the same time has the experience we need in a vital position.

"Jon is the first new signing we have made and over the next few weeks we will be adding to the side further.

"It is exciting times at Nottingham right now as we prepare for the home and away semi-final starting at Bedford next week, but we are also busy working on moving this side forward next season."

Commenting on signing for the Green and Whites, Vickers said: "I'm really excited to go to a club that has done so well this season and I look forward to helping them build in whatever competition they are in next season.

"Nottingham is a club with a lot of ambition and this is a great opportunity for me. I hope to improve my game and step up to the next level at Meadow Lane.

"Martin Haag is a coach that I'm really looking forward to working with because there is a lot of respect for him in these parts, and he has done a great job with Nottingham in his first year already."


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