Newport Gwent Dragons are delighted to announce the signing of utility back Leigh Hinton who joins the Region on a two-year contract.
Hinton joins from English Division One side Bedford and plays primarily wing or fullback and is also a prolific goal kicker. With Percy Montgomery returning to South Africa The Dragons recognised the need to bring into the squad a player who could play in the back line and who also had the ability to kick at goal and 26-year old Hinton filled all the criteria.
He is a very promising player who has made a name for himself in England’s tough division one gaining a place in the National Divisions XV. Hinton has an abundance of pace which makes him a strong threat in attack and his signing adds strength to an already impressive Dragons back line of current internationals Kevin Morgan, Hal Luscombe, Ceri Sweeney and Gareth Cooper.
Coach Paul Turner is delighted at the signing of Hinton who he hopes will bring an extra edge to the back line and commented, “It was important that we secured the signing of a promising back who had already experienced rugby at a high level and Leigh fitted that description. He is quick, strong and we are delighted he has joined the squad.”
Hinton has joined The Dragons pre season training and is eagerly awaiting the challenge of playing for the Region, “I am relishing the challenge of playing for The Dragons and helping them build on the foundations laid in the pervious two seasons. They have a very impressive back line and I am looking forward to being a part of that in the forthcoming season and the prospect of playing Celtic League, Heineken Cup and Powergen Cup rugby is one I am excited about.”
DOB - 21/2/79
Position - Wing / Full Back
Height - 6ft
Weight - 85 kg