LEEDS CARNEGIE have announced several more playing departures from the club – including Aussie prop Gareth Hardy and fly-half Adrian Jarvis.
Hardy joined Carnegie on a two-year deal from Western Force ahead of the 2009-10 season, while Jarvis signed a short-term contract with Carnegie early in the new year after joining from Bristol.
Also exiting the club is another fly-half in Christian Lewis-Platt, while dual-code winger Semi Tadulala – subject of interest from Super League side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Championship outfit Barrow Raiders – has also been freed, along with ex-Otley winger Pete Wackett.
Meanwhile, former Carnegie captain Mike MacDonald has committed his future to the club after penning a new two-year contract.
Others to sign on the dotted line for Carnegie – who recently tied up the futures of new captain Andy Titterrell and lock Jon Pendelebury – are Jacob Rowan, Dan White and Craig Hampson.
Players already under contract for 2011-12 are Miguel Alonso, Scott Barrow, Lee Blackett, Tom Denton, Gareth Denman, Scott Freer, Sean Hohneck, Lachlan Mackay, Rhys Oakley, Michael Stephenson, Phil Swainston and James Tincknell.
Young players Dominic Barrow, Richard Beck, Joe Barker, Harry Hannan, Ollie Richards, Chris Walker, Cameron Zeiss and Curtis Wilson – most of whom spent time on loan at neighbours Otley last term – have been promoted to the first-team squad.
The re-signing of vastly-experienced MacDonald, 30 – capped 60 times for the USA – is a major boost for Carnegie.
He arrived from Worcester in 2006 and has gone on to make 115 appearances – twice helping Leeds win promotion to the top flight.
MacDonald said: “I am pleased to have signed a new deal with the club. There was disappointment at the end of last season when we were relegated and there was some uncertainty with the departure of players and staff, but having spoken to people behind the scenes and with other players who have signed, I am confident that the club are heading in the right direction.
“We know it’s going to be tough in the Championship, it has changed a lot since we were last in the competition. Not only has the structure changed with the play offs, but the standard has improved also and it will be a big challenge for us, but it is one I am looking forward to.
“We have many talented young players who are looking to make the step up and I think it will be a team effort for us to help develop those players and bring them through into the first team.
“I have know Diccon (Edwards) personally for a number of years during my time at the club and all the reports I have heard about him as a coach are all good, so I am looking forward to working with him. I think this is the start of a new era for the club and I am excited to be part of it.”
Chief executive Gary Hetherington added: “Mike’s decision to commit is an important one for us. He has been a big part of our club over the past five years and has a crucial part to play going forward.”