The Eagle has landed… at Leeds

USA international prop Mike MacDonald, 26, has agreed a new two-year contract with Leeds Carnegie after completing his representative duties with the American squad in the Churchill Cup.
MacDonald was one of the stars of the Leeds team that won the National Division One Championship with a remarkable 10 tries in 24 games. He missed just six games – all of which were due to international call-ups – and was an integral part of the promotion-winning side.

The Californian-born prop will miss the start of the new Guinness Premiership season as he takes on England amongst others in the World Cup in France, but he was delighted to have extended his stay at Headingley Carnegie.

“I had a great time here last year and I am really pleased to have agreed a new two-year deal,” said Macdonald.

“There is a great team spirit within the squad having gone from rocky beginnings to becoming champions and that will stand us in good stead going forward.

“It is a big year for me with the World Cup and our return to the Guinness Premiership.

“It is unfortunate that the start of the season overlaps with the World Cup but hopefully I will only miss two or three games and I am keen to get back as soon as possible to fight for my place in the team.”

MacDonald’s new deal continues a busy summer for Director of Rugby Stuart Lancaster, who has already added five players to his squad and is keen to continue recruiting ahead of the club’s return to the top-flight.

Leeds have captured Alberto Di Bernardo and Vili Ma’asi from Cornish Pirates and Joe Bedford, Adam Hopcroft and Hendre Fourie from Rotherham Titans.

“I am delighted to have secured the services of Mike MacDonald for a further two years,” said Lancaster.

“Mike was a key player for us throughout our National One campaign and he has proved to be an effective player, not just at scrummaging, but also as a ball-carrier and a defender.

“There is still room for him to develop further and I am delighted that I will be working with him to take him to the next level and I am sure he is more than capable of competing at the highest level.”

Over the possibility of more new faces, Lancaster added: “We have already added five players to the squad and will be looking to bring in further new recruits in the coming weeks.”


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