With a move back to the Premiership always on his radar, seven years at Sale Sharks before going to Edinburgh, make Sean’s arrival at the Madejski “a bit like coming home,” he said.
The excitement of being part of a Club moving onwards and upwards has Sean itching to come down and put his hand up for selection.
He insists that his own ambition is preceded by the ambition of the team, and the wealth of experience he brings to the lengthy list of new signings bodes well for Brian Smiths’ side.
Current Pro12 rival Tom Court will join him, a man well respected in the Celtic tournament. “I can’t wait to play with Tom. I’ve played against him quite a few times and he’s a great International grade loose-head.”
“Signings like Court and Perpignan’s Dan Leo cement what I’ve been told about the Clubs ambition and I’m looking forward to being involved in it.”
Sean’s arrival will also mark a move to a new elite training facility which contains five full size pitches, one of which is a 4G pitch, and a new world-class clubhouse facility with a gym David Lloyd would be proud of.
The Lancaster born lock already boasts an impressive career having made over 150 appearances in professional rugby. His work rate is renowned in Europe and Director of Rugby Brian Smith said, “He offers plenty around the park and has bought into what we want to achieve.”
His new address makes him eligible for England selection, and though that opportunity has never arisen for him, Sean said: “I don’t think anyone who plays in the Premiership has ever made themselves unavailable for that first International cap.”