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Leeds Carnegie sign Leicester Tigers Dan Hemingway

Dan Hemingway
Dan Hemingway played against Leeds in the Championship in 2008

Relegated Leeds Carnegie have signed Dan Hemingway from Leicester Tigers on a two-year-contract.

The back-row forward, 22, made his Tigers debut in 2008 but has played in the Championship for the past two seasons on loan with Nottingham.

That will offset the loss of former Wales international Rhys Oakley.

After 137 games since joining the club in 2007 from Newport Gwent Dragons, Oakley, 30, has decided to exercise a release clause in his contract.

Hemingway is Leeds' third new signing, following the arrival of fly-half Joe Ford and full-back Stevie McColl at Headingley.

The Leicester academy product prefers to play at loose forward but can also play at number eight and switch into the second row if needed.

"I'm excited to be here. Leeds are a great club with a lot of history," Hemingway told BBC Radio Leeds.

"We may be in the Championship but the reality is Leeds are a Premiership club and that's where they belong to be."

Despite missing the start of pre-season training on Monday as he recovers from a hernia operation, Hemingway is already settling into Yorkshire life.

"It's a really good group we have here," he said. "That's the main thing that has excited me about being around the club.

"It's a young group and everyone is keen to do well and play a good style of rugby, which is maybe something Leeds maybe have lacked in recent years."

"I'm excited about the move. Leicester are a great club and I learnt so much there.

"But any rugby player, however old or however much they get paid, wants to play. That's why you get involved in the game.

"At a certain age you have to ask yourself if you're still happy sitting around learning in training or whether you've got to move on and play more and that's the decision I've made."

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see also
Leeds snap up Doncaster's McColl
14 Jun 11 |  Leeds
Ford returns to Leeds from Saints
07 Jun 11 |  Leeds
Oakley secures new Leeds contract
24 Apr 08 |  Leeds
Leeds sign discarded Dragons duo
29 Jun 06 |  English

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