Neil Cochrane leaves Doncaster for Bedford Blues

Neil Cochrane
Cochrane has spent the last three years at Doncaster

Bedford Blues have moved to bring in Doncaster Knights flanker Neil Cochrane ahead of next season.

The former Scotland Under-21 international, now 27, joined Doncaster from Rotherham three years ago.

The Blues have also handed new one-year deals to forward Gregor Gillanders and centre Tom Bedford.

"We are delighted that he has agreed to join us next season," Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer said of Cochrane.

"You only need to have seen Doncaster in action this season to realise how important a player Neil has been to the Knights.

"Neil is a hard-hitting forward with plenty of pace and power and everyone is looking forward to seeing him pull on a Blues jersey after the summer to add some much needed competition to the pack."

Gillanders, 23, arrived at Goldington Road in 2008 from Leicester Tigers while 22-year-old Bedford left Exeter Chiefs last summer.

"It is great that Gregor and Tom, like a number of other players, have committed to Bedford Blues for next season," said Rayer.

"Gregor putting pen to paper is a huge boost for the club as he has been a consistent performer since his arrival and it is no surprise that he is constantly linked with a move to the Premiership.

"Tom has battled hard this season and adds great competition to the squad as he can play in a number of positions."