- Former club captain returns to Titans
- Switches from Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie
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Titans Rugby are pleased to announce that former Club Captain Lee Blackett has re-joined the Club.
Twenty nine year old Blackett will renew his association with the South Yorkshire outfit after spending the intervening six years with Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie.
While in the Premiership, Blackett achieved a piece of history by scoring the quickest try in the history of the top tier, after eight seconds against Newcastle Falcons in March 2008.
Originally a product of the Rotherham Academy, Lee went on to captain the side at only 23 years-old. Lee has gained representative honours with England Universities and Students in 2004 and England Counties in 2005, when he went on a tour of South America with the squad.
I’m delighted that the opportunity has arisen - Blackett
Blackett is genuinely pleased to be returning to the club where it all started for him, as he explained, “I’ve said all along that I would love to come back to Rotherham and I’m delighted that the opportunity has arisen to enable me to do just that.
"Obviously I know what Andre brings having worked with him during my first spell with the club and I know his style and it was an easy decision to make to come back to Rotherham.
“Rotherham was where it all started for me; the club gave me a lot. I came through the Academy here when the club was in the Premiership. They gave me the opportunity of first team rugby and I made my debut for them against Bath in the Premiership at Millmoor.
“It’s something I feel I owe the club, but more than that I just love the place and it’s somewhere where I wanted to come back to at some point in my career. I think the major thing for me wanting to come back at this moment in time is looking at the squad that Andre has assembled.
"I think without a shadow of doubt it’s the best squad I’ve seen here since the Premiership days and I think it’s a great opportunity to do something special here this year.”
Lee went on to talk about the change in structure of the Championship and the benefits of playing at Clifton Lane, saying, “The change in structure this season with only the top four going on into the play-offs shouldn’t cause us too much concern, because I believe the quality of squad that Andre is assembling is certainly good enough to achieve a top-four spot.
"In fact I would be pretty disappointed if we didn’t hit that mark to be honest, although we know it won’t be easy as there are a number of very good sides in the division."