Coventry Rugby have strengthened their line-up ahead of the imminent Championship kick-off with the signing of tight-head prop Adam Nicol.
The 26-year-old front rower was a member of the Jersey Reds squad that topped English rugby’s second tier last season before the club folded suddenly at the end of September.
Nicol spent two seasons in Jersey after making the move from United Rugby Championship outfit Glasgow Warriors in 2021.
During his time at Scotstoun Nicol had won 14 Scotland under-20 caps as well as making appearances in the European Champions Cup.
The former Stirling County prop, who arrives with a reputation as a powerful scrummager, was part of the Jersey side that claimed a late draw at the Butts Park Arena in January.
Coventry’s head coach Alex Rae believes Nicol will be a useful addition to his squad.
“It’s great to welcome Adam to Coventry,” he said.
“It’s been a tough few weeks for him with what happened at Jersey and we’re really happy to be able to offer him a new home.
“He’s a talented tight-head who is proven in the Championship but still has loads of scope for further growth as a player.
“We’re really looking forward to working with him, helping him progress and achieve his goals. I’m sure he’s going to be a great addition and really add something to an already strong Coventry pack.”
Nicol brings welcome experience to his new club’s youthful front five and looks set to play a vital role in the club’s bid to improve on last season’s third-place league finish.
Nicol said he is determined to turn the unfortunate events surrounding Jersey’s demise into something positive for his career following his move to the West Midlands.
“It’s a very sad situation for Jersey and not a position that I ever thought I’d find myself in,” he said.
“I’m really grateful that Coventry have given me this opportunity to continue playing full-time rugby in the Championship with an ambitious club that is looking to go places.
“When I spoke to Alex he told me what his goals for the club are and I saw that as a very good fit for me.
“I really loved the atmosphere when I played here for Jersey last year and am really looking forward to being part of the squad at such a well-supported, close-knit club.”