London Welsh flanker Michael Hills leaves Exiles to join Doncaster
Last Updated: 16/05/13 4:51pm
Michael Hills: Spent the last four seasons with London Welsh
London Welsh have announced that flanker Michael Hills has left to join hometown club Doncaster.
The 27-year-old scored seven tries in 91 appearances for the Exiles after joining in 2009 from Sale, where he came through the Sharks academy.
Hills was part of the Championship-winning squad in the 2011/12 season, and the former England youth and Sevens international has now returned to the second tier with the Knights.
"A big thank you to all the coaching staff, medical staff, my fellow teammates, the supporters and all of the back room staff over the past four years," said Hills, who played junior rugby for Doncaster.
"I've had an amazing time at London Welsh. I've been made to feel very welcome and enjoyed every second of it.
"Doncaster is a fresh start and a new challenge, and I'm excited about it. I'm from Doncaster so it's a move to be close to family and looking towards the future.
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones added: "I'm very sad to see Michael go. He has performed with great courage and determination for the club over many years, and has improved his game understanding dramatically.
"Michael has also been an extremely popular member of the squad and will prove an excellent addition to Clive Griffiths' squad as they attempt to regain Championship status."
London Welsh also revealed that back row forward Ed Williamson, who made eight appearances last season, has joined Rotherham Titans as player-coach.