Former Ireland Under-18 international Yasin Browne has become Bury St Edmunds’ first summer signing following the arrival of new rugby director Kevin Maggs.
The well-travelled 24-year-old, from County Limerick, will join new head coach Jon Clarke and Maggs as the rugby club embark on their five year plan to reach the Championship.
The number 8 will officially sign for the Haberden National League Two South club on July 1 and has joined for the 2017/18 season.
Terry Sands, performance director, said: “Yasin is a great ball carrier and he’s exactly what we need.
“We believe he can fulfil an important role at the club, he’s young but experienced and can cover several positions on the field too.”
Browne, who can also play as a lock or flanker, has previously been at Olympique de Besanco in France, Cork Constitution RFC and Belfast RFC.
He has also has been with Canterbury’s International High Performance Unit in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is also understood to have played in Canada.
“He has a lot of experience at some really good clubs and bringing that experience to the team will help everyone”, Sands added.
“Maggs knew that Yasin was available and mentioned him to us.
“We approached him knowing he was the kind of player we needed.
“And he was as enthusiastic by the opportunity as we were.
“It’s one of the many benefits of having Kevin involved in the side, he has a lot of reach in the rugby world.
“We’re all very excited about this first signing and look forward to strengthening our team even further across the summer.”
Sands said Browne would be ‘the first of several overseas signings for the 2017-18 season’.
The Wolfpack are due to return to pre-season training this week, which will initially focus on fitness training, to be raring to go for the start of the season in September.