BACK Maliq Holden has signed a new one-year contract with the Cornish Pirates.

The Liverpool-born player made 10 appearances for the club during the 2018/19 season, including four Championship starts. He was also a try-scorer when coming off the bench in the team’s victory at Doncaster Knights last Saturday.

A former Hartpury College player, where he won back to back BUCS titles, Holden, aged 23, has in the past represented the Netherlands at under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels, plus England Students.

Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “As in not unusual for a player breaking into the Championship we have not seen a lot of Maliq this year, however, we have seen him grow as the season has gone on as to where he fits in our attack and defence systems.

“We have been especially pleased to see how he stuck at it and showed resilience to take in his stride chances that came his way in recent months, when he put a number of good performances together to provide encouragement for next season.”

Meanwhile, the Pirates have confirmed that Jake Ashby, Nodar Cheishvili, Tom Concu, Tyler Gendall, Dan Koster, Dan Lee, and Javier Rojas Alvarez with join Premiership-bound Alex Day and Toby Freeman in leaving the Pirates this summer.

Co-coach Alan Paver has said: “As always at the end of a season there are guys who are moving on but will always be a part of what we have done at the Pirates.

“The squad has bonded together so well and it is always sad therefore to see anyone go. However, that’s a natural cycle of sport, though with friends made for life through the fellowship of rugby.

“All are wished good luck on the paths they will take and there will always be an open door and a cup of coffee for them when they come back, remembering once a Pirate always a Pirate.”

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