Keddie commits to Dragons

Date published: January 13 2018

Dragons have announced that back-row Harrison Keddie has signed a new deal keeping him at the Welsh region for the next three seasons.

The versatile back-row has made 25 appearances for the Dragons since his debut in 2016 against Zebre. Prior to that time, he was included in the Dragons’ squad for the Premiership Singha Sevens Tournament, in which he made a huge impact in aiding the side to win the title, scoring the winning try in the final against Wasps.

The Dragons academy product has also made big strides in the Wales U20s set up and impressed spectators with his ball carrying skills during the Grand Slam campaign in 2016.

The talented youngster said: “Growing up I had always wanted to play for the Dragons as it is my home region, so it means a lot to me to have been given the opportunity to stay here for the next three years as I feel the club is going in the right direction both on and off the field.

“I have enjoyed my time here so far under Bernard and to be given this opportunity is a great privilege to me and I look forward to doing so for the next few years. It is really exciting times at the Dragons and I wanted to be a part of that.”

The 21-year-old suffered a shoulder injury during the Dragons’ victory over Connacht in September and Keddie is looking to get back into the starting line-up once he returns to full fitness.

“Once I am back fit I hope to earn my place in the team again, playing some good rugby and being part of a successful Dragons team,” he added.

Dragons’ head coach Bernard Jackman said: “Harrison was one of our standout performers in the early part of the season until he, unfortunately, picked up his shoulder injury. He has been incredibly diligent with his rehab and he will come back available for selection over the coming weeks.

“For him to commit to us for at least the next three seasons is a huge boost for the region.”