Lions sign international player

The Mittagong Lions will attack the new season with an international force. 

The Lions have signed Glaswegian centre Scott Plumridge with first grade for 2017. 

NEW PLAYER: Glaswegian centre Scott Plumridge has signed with the Mittagong Lions for the 2017 rugby league season. Photo: supplied.

NEW PLAYER: Glaswegian centre Scott Plumridge has signed with the Mittagong Lions for the 2017 rugby league season. Photo: supplied.

Plumridge was voted the Scotland Rugby League Student Player of the Year for 2016 and received the Roy Kinnear Award.

The 20-year-old, who played his club rugby league for Edinburgh Eagles, excelled during the Student Four Nations in Edinburgh in 2016.

He also played for Scotland at under-19 student and senior level, having won his first cap in the 2015 European Championship.

The Edinburgh College student played for Steve McCormack’s Bravehearts in the narrow defeat to Wales and played in Toulouse against France in the Student Four Nations. 

Scotland Students head coach Nathan Graham said Plumridge was a standout in the tournament. 

“Playing primarily in the right centre, Scott was always a handful carrying the ball, and defensively he threw everything he had at the opposition, coming up with some really strong plays,” he said.

“Scott undoubtedly has the potential to play at a high level in rugby league and hopefully, as he plays more and more games, that potential may come to fruition.”

Plumridge, who plays centre or second-row, spent much of last year training with Sheffield Eagles but was unable to breakthrough into their Championship side.

The championship side was on par with NSW Cup standard of play.

Scott arrived in the Highlands on Wednesday morning and said he was excited to start the season with the Lions. 

“Coming off the pitch after beating Ireland in the Student Four Nations was my highlight of 2016, but my ambitions in 2017 are to go to the Student World Cup in Australia and to play hard for Mittagong Lions,” he said. 

The club hoped that Scott would make his debut for the team in the match against the Goulburn Workers on March 18. 

The matches will be payed at Mittagong Sports Ground, the under-18s will kick off at 4.30pm, reserve grade will kick off at 5.45pm and first grade will play at 7.15pm. 

The 2017 Group 6 competition will start on April 1. 

Mittagong has the bye in the first round and will face Camden Rams at home in the second round.

Off the field, Mittagong Lions has launched new membership packages for players and spectators ahead of the season. 

For more information, contact mittagonglions@outlook.com or head to Mittagong Sportsground on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6pm.