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OEs sign London Scottish flanker

4 months ago By Jon Edwards

Elthamians are delighted to announce the signing of London Scottish back row Dom McGeekie for the forthcoming season.

The versatile 23-year-old forward, who can also play in the second row, becomes the fourth new arrival at College Meadow.

The former John Fisher head boy and 1st XV captain joined the Harlequins Academy at 18 before leaving to go to Cardiff Metropolitan University where he played in the BUCS League and Welsh Championship.

After three years in Cardiff, he signed his first professional contract at London Scottish and played 18 games in his first season in the back row and second row.

However, last season proved to be a frustrating one for McGeekie, who made just four appearances due to injury.

“After a good first season at Scottish I was really looking to kick on, but last year didn’t work out that way,” he explained. “I was plagued with two bad ankle injuries and was unavailable for selection for long parts of the season. Additionally, I wasn’t a massive fan of Championship rugby as there is a lack of opportunity for forwards of my type to express ourselves. When OEs came knocking, their ambition really attracted me to the club. It is a club that is going somewhere and I decided to take up this fantastic opportunity.”

Although McGeekie is dropping down a level from the Championship to National One, he is relishing the opportunity to get his career back on track and begin a new chapter at Elthamians. “I’m chomping at the bit to get back out and play,” he said. “Last season was a complete write-off and I can’t wait to just move on and get stuck into the new season with my new team-mates. After having such a lack of game time last season, I really want to show the coaches and my new team-mates what I can offer as a back row player and being a key starting player in the squad is absolutely pivotal to that.”

A mobile, rangy workhorse around the park, McGeekie will give Elthamians plenty of options in the back five of the scrum. “I’d definitely describe myself as a grafter,” he said. “I won’t stop working and pride myself on my workrate and dynamism. My preferred and best position is definitely 6, but at the same time, I feel particularly comfortable in the middle of a lineout having long arms and speed off the floor.

“I am not the biggest of back row/second row forwards so a fast, dynamic game is definitely suited to me. This style of rugby will have a massive effect on breaking down some of the bigger, lumpier teams in this league.”

McGeekie will also renew acquaintances with a couple of familiar faces in the Elthamians squad. “I’ve had a few battles with Harry Ledger over our years of school/uni rugby, and have got to know him well recently and he is a great lad,” he said. “Additionally, I know Roofy [Elliot Roofe] from our time during pre-season at Scottish last season. Who doesn’t like Roofy! The bloke’s a legend! I’m sure after a couple of beers during pre-season I will soon get to know everyone well. Especially because I’m a bit loud and it’s hard to miss me!”

OEs Director of Rugby Gavin Lach said: “I’m delighted that Dom is joining us. His versatility and Championship experience will be absolutely invaluable to us as we look to push on next season. The fact he can play either back row or second row is a huge plus and gives us more options in the back five next season.”

Updated 15:39 - 15 Jun 2018 by Jon Edwards

Where next?

OEs sign Loughborough centre Elthamians can announce the third new addition to their squad with the signing of Loughborough University centre Charlie Dockery.

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