The Cornish Pirates have confirmed that five players have signed new contracts with the club – and there are likely to be more.
The five are hookers Rob Elloway and Tom Channon, centre Alex Dancer, and utility backs Kieran Goss and Mike Pope.
Elloway, aged 30, joined the Pirates from Gloucester in 2007, and has performed consistently well since. He has made 176 appearance for the club.
Devonian Channon is enjoying his first season in Cornwall, having arrived last summer from Bristol. A strong running forward, he is 23 and has featured in 19 games.
The three backs, who also joined the Pirates last year and are all in their early twenties, have impressed with their attitude and development.
Dancer is a former England Students player who has been hampered by injury, but is now fully fit and has played in nine matches, while Goss and Pope have both been regulars.
South African Goss has scored eight tries in 19 appearances, and Bournemouth-born Pope has played in 23 matches and scored three tries.
Director of Rugby Ian Davies said: “It’s fantastic that these guys have put pen to paper. We need a little bit of continuity and will be looking to secure more of the current squad over the next few weeks.
“Strengthening the squad will of course be fully dependent on who we retain and the budget available.”