New Law at Mowden as experienced centre arrives

First published in Darlington FC

DARLINGTON Mowden Park have stepped up their preparations for National One with what they describe as the biggest signing in their history.

Garry Law, a 29-yearold fly half or centre, has played for Scotland A and captained Rotherham in the Championship for the last two seasons.

Following their dramatic promotion two of Mowden’s first three signings are goal-kicking utility backs, despite the fact that fly half Tom Hodgson’s kicking played a huge part in their end-of-season victories against Macclesfield and Ampthill.

They also expect to have last season’s first-choice No 10, Grant Connon, fit by November following a knee operation, while the other recent signing is Otley’s prolific goal-kicker Mark Ireland.

Law, from Hawick, has played for the Barbarians and has made more than 30 Heineken Cup appearances as an ex-Border Reivers, Viadana and Lazio player.

Mowden coach John Newton said: “Garry is a fantastic signing. He is a quality player with a wealth of experience and will help our young and exciting backs to learn and develop their game.

We’ll have some real competition in the backline.”

Laws said: “Mowden have real potential, incredible facilities and the ambition to keep developing.

“To be approached at the early stage of the club’s development is a great opportunity and it’s an exciting time for me. With a young squad it will be great if I’m able to make a difference in the development of their game.”

Ireland can play at fly half, centre and full back.

He played for Kendal and Sheffield before Otley, where he had a 77 per cent success rate as a kicker last season and finished second among the National Two North points scorers.

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