POOLER boss Leighton Jones intends to keep trying to unearth local "gems" after signing flanker Adam Stratton from Pontypool United, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 25-year-old back row forward moves from the Memorial Ground to bolster the options up front for the upcoming WRU Specsavers Championship campaign.

Stratton has spent the last seven seasons with United but Jones is confident that his new boy will make the step up from Division One East.

"Adam is a quality player who has been a key part of United's resurgence. He is a fast, aggressive player and will add further quality to our back-row options," said Jones.

"We have some excellent clubs on our doorstep in Pontypool and within their squads are some real gems.

"Giving local players an opportunity is something I have always believed strongly in and I look forward to seeing how Adam will develop with us."

Stratton is relishing the chance to learn from experienced campaigners – and push them for starting spots.

"I have decided to join the club as I still have a huge desire to try and better myself as a player. I was asked to train with Pontypool at the end of last season and then ended up signing with the club," said the flanker.

"I have enjoyed pre-season and look forward to hopefully pulling on the famous red, white and black shirt in a competitive fixture and making an impact as best I can.

"Everyone is aware that the club is gunning for promotion again this season and I hope I can play my part."