Cornish Pirates' David Doherty thriving on fight for place

David Doherty
Doherty has played 48 times in the Premiership and 14 in the Heineken Cup

Cornish Pirates' back David Doherty says he is thriving on the competition for places at the Mennaye Field.

Doherty, 24, joined the Pirates from Jersey this summer after coming back from a serious knee injury.

He is one of 16 backs at the club after coach Chris Stirling upped the number from 10 last season.

"I think it's making everyone push a bit harder and hopefully I'll be a better player for it," the former Wasps and Sale Sharks player said.

"Any side that's looking to be champions of the Championship or the Premiership needs to have four or five good players in each position," he added to BBC South West.

Doherty, who has fully recovered from a serious knee injury suffered while playing for Sale, joined Jersey last season and scored 18 tries from centre, wing and full-back as the club won promotion to National One.

And Doherty says he has his eye on eventually becoming the Pirates' first-choice full back.

"At the moment with my experience of the Premiership on the wing I think that's where my strongest position is.

"But I'm definitely looking to move into full-back over the course of the year whether that be right at the start or in six months time - but that's up to the coaches."

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