PLYMOUTH youngsters Cameron Setter and Dan Pullinger will be turning out for Albion again next season.
Scrum-half Setter, 22, has signed a new contract with the club, while prop Pullinger, 20, has agreed to join Albion on a permanent basis after spending last season on a dual-registered deal from Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe is delighted that two young local players will be part of his new-look 2015/16 National One squad.
“Cameron Setter really proved himself last season,” said Dawe. “While Dan Pullinger was back-up to Andrew Tiedemann for much of the year, but he showed a lot of potential.
“For identity purposes I think it’s good to have local players in the squad. It is important to have that balance.”
Although the pair were mainly back-up players last season in the Championship, Dawe says the duo are keen to become regular starters.
“I think that is the reason they have signed,” said Dawe. “Both expect to get a chance to nail down a first team shirt.”
Setter started his career at Ivybridge, while Pullinger came through Devonport Services’ junior ranks.
The pair join Australians Marc Koteczky and Ethan Ford and back-row forward Herbie Stupple on Albion’s books.
Dawe, however, has confirmed that Canadian international Tiedemann will not be returning to the club next season as he is not able to obtain a work permit.
“Andrew Tiedemann is not available to us for two reasons. One is the World Cup and the other is because he can’t get a work permit.
“You can’t get a work permit to play in National One as only the Premiership and Championships are classed as professional leagues.”
Hooker Ted Stagg signed a two-year deal with Albion but the club have not confirmed that he is definitely staying with them, indicating that there might be a release clause in his contract.