Fran Welsh arrived at Cougar Park in October 2016 from the Newcastle Thunder as Craig Lingard’s tenth new recruit following his appointment as Head Coach.
Welsh, a Prop Forward, arrives at Cougar Park following two seasons in the North-East which ended in glory this season as Newcastle Thunder defeated the North Wales Crusaders to lift the inaugral Kingstone Press League One Shield.
After starting his career in both the academie setups of Hull FC and Castleford Tigers, Welsh spent a brief period in the amatuer game with Upton before joining the semi-professional ranks in 2012 with Doncaster RL.
In his sole season at the Keepmoat, Welsh made just short of 20 appearances for the Dons as they secured promotion to the Championship as League One Champions under Paul Cooke but departed South Yorkshire after a torrid time with injuries which left him unable to play for 18 months in order to head Down Under.
Whilst in Australia, the 24-year old Prop spent his Rugby career with the Young Cherrypickers, re-building his career following injury and impressed on video to catch the eye of then Thunder coach Stanley Gene to be signed up by the Kingston Park outfit.
|Date of Birth||09/11/1992|
|Previous Clubs||Newcastle Thunder