Second row forward Todd Prisk is set to become the first Cornishman in over half a century to play for Fylde RFC.
The 20-year-old lock stands 6ft 6” and weight 17½st and has been signed from Redruth RFC to bring more power and athleticism to the Woodlands pack.
A Cornwall U20 and England Counties U20 player, Prisk hails from St Ives and made 17 National Two South appearances for Redruth last season.
He met up with Fylde head coach Paul Arnold on the England Counties tour of Hungary last month, when he was vice-captain. Paul Arnold said: “I’m delighted to welcome Todd to the Woodlands. He impressed me on the England Counties tour (on which Arnold was assistant coach) and has clear ambition to play at a high level.
“Despite his youth, he is already showing positive leadership skills on and off the pitch. He has the potential to make an outstanding lock forward.”
Prisk said: “Coming to Fylde and relocating to Lancashire is a big decision for me. The club has a rich history and I hope to play my part in achieving success in National One.
“I know about the attacking, dynamic style of rugby stressed by the coaching staff and practised by the squad in recent seasons, and I’m excited about contributing to this.”
A former Truro College student, Prisk also gained experience with the academy at Premiership club Exeter Chiefs.
He could help plug the gap left by Gareth Gore, who is taking time out from Fylde to begin a new business venture.
Scrum-half Frank Booth, who played for Fylde in the early 1960s, is believed to be the last Cornishman to turn out for the club.