Plymouth Albion dual-register two more Exeter players
PLYMOUTH Albion have signed two more players on dual-registration agreements from Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
Lock Will Carrick-Smith will now be dual-registered with Albion having previously had a loan spell at the club.
Exeter initially loaned Carrick-Smith to Taunton, who in turn loaned him to Albion.
But a new agreement has now been arranged between Albion and Exeter for the 6ft 10in forward, who has scored two tries in two games for the Chiefs in the LV=Cup.
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Also joining Albion on a dual registration deal is much-travelled 23-year-old prop Alex Brown.
Brown joined Exeter in the summer from Albion's Championship rivals Doncaster Knights, for whom he made 19 starts last season.
Brown had previously played for Saracens, Bedford Blues, Blackheath and Old Albanians.
However, Brown has found first team appearances hard to come by at Sandy Park. He has made just two replacement appearances for them – one in the league and one in the LV=Cup.
"He can play both tight-head and loose-head," said Albion coach Nat Saumi.
"We are struggling a bit with our front-row because of a few niggling injuries and a ban, which is why we have got Alex down."
A dual registration agreement means a Premiership academy player can play for his own club and for a Championship or National League side at the same time.
However, Championship clubs can only play six, dual or loan players in their match-day squad.
Albion now have seven players dual registered from Exeter – Carrick-Smith, Brown, Henry Slade, Jack Arnott, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Cowan-Dickie and Lloyd Fairbrother – so not all will be able to play at the same time.
Carrick-Smith and Brown could feature this weekend when Albion travel to Welsh side Aberavon in the British & Irish Cup.
Carrick-Smith played in Albion's last cup game at Rotherham, while on loan from Taunton.
Having lost their opening two cup games, Albion's only hope of progressing in the competition is to win their four remaining matches.