CORNISH Pirates have added to their growing list of players who have signed contracts for two more years with prop Marlen Walker and lock Danny Cutmore penning new deals.

Auckland-born Walker, 30, arrived at the Cornish Pirates in January 2015, initially on a short-term contract from Weston-super-Mare. He has since played 100 games for the Championship club – achieving that feat against Ealing Trailfinders last Saturday.

Young lock Cutmore is in his first season with the Pirates having joined from Saracens Academy, where he spent a year on loan at Old Albanians. He has made 19 appearances for the Pirates.

Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Alan Paver said: “We are all aware that Marlen has been a stalwart in recent times. He has proved to be quite formidable in the scrum, is dynamic about the field and has good ball skills, so to be able to keep that quality and keep the continuity going in the front-row is a massive plus for our squad.

“Coming near the end of his first season with the Pirates, Danny was a young man who naturally needed a little more development, but the big thing is that what we got from him was bags of attitude. His game around the contact area has really improved and he has proven to be quite a handful in the line-out. He is a good personality around the team, and with more to come he’ll be one to watch for the future.”

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