Injury-hit Creed craving big role at Knights
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.”