Matt Shields: Plymouth Albion sign Nottingham prop

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport
Matt Shields

Plymouth Albion have signed Nottingham prop Matt Shields on a one-year deal.

The tight-head is a former academy player at Newcastle Falcons and has also spent time at Tynedale and on dual-registration at Loughborough Students in National One.

"It's a really exciting time to be involved," 22-year-old Shields told BBC South West Sport.

"We've got a lot of new boys, a young team and we're going to play a good brand of rugby.".

Shields made four appearances off the bench for Nottingham last season and played 18 times in 2011-12, including one start.

"He's got a good reference from Martin Haag at Nottingham," said Albion head coach James Shanahan.

"He's a big strong lad with a big physical presence.

"I knew him from his days up at Newcastle and Tynedale and knew that he would suit the way we're going to play."

Shields is the fourth new forward to join the club this summer after and

"When you're looking for a club you want somewhere exciting and really ambitious and I think Albion's definitely that," Shields said.

"Nottingham was really good, I really enjoyed my time there but I feel I needed a new start and hopefully I'll get a lot of game time at Albion which is something I'm looking forward to.

"I'm aiming for that starting tight-head shirt, I've got to work really hard because we've got a good squad.

"There's going to be a lot of competition, but if I can get my scrum going well and my all round game I can make that shirt mine."

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