Leeds raid the Pirates
Leeds Carnegie have raided the Cornish Pirates to sign four of their squad.
David Doherty, James Doherty, Mike Myerscough and Matt Smith have agreed deals to move to the Headingley-based club in the summer.
David Doherty, the leading try scorer for the Pirates this season, is already well-known to the Leeds fans after he started he career at the club.
The winger went on to play for Wasps and Sale before kick-starting his career at Jersey following a serious knee injury. He moved to the Pirates last season and has scored 14 tries in 21 appearances to help the club to the RFU Championship play-off final.
Second row Smith is also a product of the Carnegie academy with the 22-year-old having left to move to UWIC. He spent the past year with the Pirates since graduating and has impressed with a number of powerful performances.
James Doherty will also be returning to Yorkshire with the scrum-half having previously played for Wharfedale before moving to Mennaye, where he has been understudy to Gavin Cattle.
Former Bath and England Under-19s lock Myerscough has been a key figure in the Pirates pack since joining from the Cornish All Blacks three seasons ago.