Albion hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie has joined The Cornish Pirates and will return to the Mennaye Field, home of the Pirates, at the start of next season.
Tom, who lives in Penzance, has joined the Pirates on a one-year-deal. It will be his second spell with the club. The 25-year-old has had an enjoyable time at Brickfields and says that if everyone buys into the vision that Albion’s owners David Venables and Bruce Priday are striving to achieve, then Albion’s future is limitless.
“If everyone buys into what Dave and Bruce are trying to build,” said Tom. “Then the future is limitless really. They believe in it enough to make it go to the top.
“Most of the memories will last. Going up to places like Darlington and Blaydon and picking up wins and then the good bus trips back. They are a great bunch of blokes.”
Player/coach Kieran Hallett rates Tom highly and has said that whilst he is happy for him, he is disappointed to be losing a player of Tom’s ability of which Kieran rates as Championship, if not Premiership standing.
“It was something that was always going to be on the radar,” said Kieran. “He still lives in Penzance, so it makes sense from that point of view. He has to drive past the Mennaye Field to travel another hour and a half to get up here and he has been the stand-out hooker in our league. To be honest, we were lucky to pick him up in the summer. He is a championship quality player if not a Premiership quality player. It was always going to be hard to hold onto him. He is a very very good player.
“With Tom it was never a case of whether he could play National One or not. The guy for me could walk into most Premiership clubs and be in with a shout of playing. I am happy for Tom, but I am disappointed to lose a player of his quality. You can’t really replace a Tom Cowan-Dickie but we are going to have to do our best to look in the market and see how we can find someone else.”
Tom will not only be missed on the field, but off the field too. A loud character and popular figure in the Albion dressing room, Kieran says the door is always open for him to return so long as he is at the club.
“Tom is the heartbeat of our side really,” said Kieran. “He is very popular in the dressing room. He is quite a loud character. I think he has enjoyed his time here and I wish him all the best at Pirates, but the door is always open for him back here certainly while I am involved I would love to work with him again. It has been a pleasure working with him this year and I wish him all the best.”