In­jury-hit Creed crav­ing big role at Knights

The Rugby Paper - - News - By JON NEWCOMBE

EL­LIOTT Creed is look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of some­thing spe­cial at Don­caster af­ter a stop-start cou­ple of years.

In­side-cen­tre Creed made nine ap­pear­ances for Glouces­ter over a three-year pe­riod, but a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury dis­rupted the for­mer Eng­land U18 in­ter­na­tional’s ca­reer at the Cherry & Whites.

Now he is aim­ing for a con­sis­tent run of ap­pear­ances to show his po­ten­tial.

“Be­ing in the academy at Glouces­ter and not be­ing a first team reg­u­lar, it was tough to get a reg­u­lar string of games un­der my belt,” said the Chel­tenham-born 21-year-old.

“I was dip­ping in and out of Hart­pury (in the Cham­pi­onship) and had the odd A-League game but there were quite a few post­pone­ments. I’ve not had a long run of games for quite a few years due to in­jury and ill­ness – that’s what I’m hop­ing to get here at Don­caster.

“And I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of a team cul­ture – it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to feel prop­erly part of some­thing when you’re not play­ing reg­u­larly”

Stand­ing 5ft 10ins, Creed has good foot­work and is com­fort­able slot­ting in at first re­ceiver. He even made his full de­but for Glouces­ter, against Northamp­ton in May 2016, on the wing.

“With the way rugby is nowa­days with in­juries, it is al­ways good to be able to cover a few po­si­tions and be ver­sa­tile,” he said.

“I had a run out at ten in the A-League against Bath and did al­right, so that’s an­other string to the bow and I played on the wing a few times as well. I def­i­nitely pre­fer play­ing at 12 be­cause I like to see my­self as an­other ball player.”

A month into his first time away from home, Creed has set­tled in well at Cas­tle Park and he can’t wait to fi­nally pull on a Don­caster jersey.

“I played there once when I was younger, for Eng­land U18s v France U18s, and it’s a good set up with a good track. Hope­fully we can play some ex­pan­sive rugby on it.”

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