NOTTINGHAM Rugby can confirm that Plymouth Albion hooker
Jon Vickers will join the Meadow Lane club next
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Player of the Season for 2012/13 Jon Vickers will join Nottingham
Vickers, who was honoured as Plymouth's Player of the Season for
2012/13 at the weekend, made 28 league appearances for the Devon
outfit since first moving to The Brickfields as a dual-registered
Exeter Chiefs player in 2011.
The 24-year-old former Northampton hooker was recognised as one
of the best front-rowers in England's second-tier competition this
season, starting for the RFU Championship XV in the historic
meeting with the Maori All Blacks in November.
Nottingham Rugby head coach Martin Haag said: "The quality and
brand of rugby that we have played all year has attracted interest
from players of the highest calibre and we are delighted to add Jon
to our squad for next season.
"Jon fits the type of player that we want to push us forward. He
will have big shoes to fill with Joe Duffey announcing that he will
retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, but Jon
has shown himself to be one of the stand-out performers in the
Championship this season.
"As a young lad he has room for development and at the same time
has the experience we need in a vital position.
"Jon is the first new signing we have made and over the next few
weeks we will be adding to the side further.
"It is exciting times at Nottingham right now as we prepare for
the home and away semi-final starting at Bedford next week, but we
are also busy working on moving this side forward next season."
Commenting on signing for the Green and Whites, Vickers said:
"I'm really excited to go to a club that has done so well this
season and I look forward to helping them build in whatever
competition they are in next season.
"Nottingham is a club with a lot of ambition and this is a great
opportunity for me. I hope to improve my game and step up to the
next level at Meadow Lane.
"Martin Haag is a coach that I'm really looking forward to
working with because there is a lot of respect for him in these
parts, and he has done a great job with Nottingham in his first