Ollie Smith continued his summer squad-building today, as flanker Pete Synnott became the fifth member of last year’s squad to sign on for season 2013-14.
23-year-old Synnott had shoulder surgery last summer which saw him miss the first ten games of the season, but the abrasive flanker finished the term strongly, starting the last 9 games of the season.
The goal-kicking Irishman proved his versatility when he turned out in midfield in the away clash with Old Albanian, but he is most at home in the No.6 jersey, in amongst a very competitive back-row.
Synnott cited the ambition and rate of development through the club as primary factors behind him committing to a third year at Molesey Road, and is looking forward to further progressing his game under the tutelage of Ollie Smith and Ricky Nebbett.
“The vision of the club is to not only be in the Championship, but to be a great community hub also, and that really appeals to me,” said Synnott.
“Last season was frustrating for me in many aspects, but a lot of hard work in the gym with the physio team meant I was able to come back stronger, and I was pleased with how I finished.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a little more time in and around the club when I was injured, though, and I’ve seen the hard work the team behind the scenes is putting in to take Esher forward, and seeing that made it a bit of a no brainer for me to come back for another year.
“Doncaster will be many people’s favourites, but we know what this league is all about now. We have some great characters in a strong group, and the coaching team are doing a great job.
“From a playing perspective, that’s something I want to contribute to and be a part of, and I’m relishing the chance to deliver the ambitious goals that we have set ourselves.”