Gareth’s hopped it to Fylde

Gareth Gore wins the lineout for Preston Grasshoppers against Sheffield Tigers

Gareth Gore wins the lineout for Preston Grasshoppers against Sheffield Tigers

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Fylde RFC have clinched the signing of Preston Grasshoppers second row forward Gareth Gore.

Gore was part of the Lancashire squad that lifted the County Championship at Twickenham last month, beating Cornwall in the final.

He has also represented Cumbria and played for the Welsh Amateurs XV and Camarthen Quins.

Gore linked up with Preston last season after chalking up 100 appearances for Kendal.

The powerful lock has made a total of 122 National League appearances since 2007.

Fylde were attracted to Gore when he caught their eye playing against them for Kendal. He is regarded as a tough competitor with a committed attitude.

Fylde have been on the lookout for an experienced second row since the decision by England Counties’ player Gareth Rawlings to return to Longton at the end of last season.

Gore boasts a reputation as a line-out specialist, who has good hands and is mobile around the park.

Gore has impressed Fylde with his willingness to improve and step up to National League One.

Fylde head coach Mark Nelson said: “I am delighted that we have been able to recruit a player of Gareth’s quality and experience.

“I have spoken at length with him about how we approach the game at Fylde and how he would suit our style of play.

“He has been very impressive for Preston Grasshoppers, who also have a very positive and successful approach to the game, so he will fit in very well with our squad.

“Director of rugby John Greenwood has worked very hard this week to make the necessary arrangements to complete the signing of Gareth.

“It is great news for the club and I am hoping to complete our forwards complement with a couple of further additions within the next fortnight.”

It is Fylde’s first signing of the summer and it is expected that the club will be in a position to announce more arrivals, possibly as soon as this week.

The vast majority of the Fylde squad have already committed themselves to stay.