We can confirm that Robin Wedlake has returned to the Cornish Pirates on a full-time basis having briefly returned to Plymouth Albion.
Robin was set to complete the 2023-24 season with the Jersey Reds but, following their unfortunate collapse, he was left without a club heading into October.
Our agreement with Robin was that, if a full-time playing position became available at another club, we would not stand in his way.
He has agreed terms with the Pirates to re-join Alan Paver and Cavin Cattle’s ranks, so it is with heavy hearts that we wave farewell to Robin and wish him the very best of luck back in the Championship.
Speaking on Robin’s departure, Managing Director Max Venables said: “We’re sorry to see Robin leave us, but we had an agreement with him that, should a full-time club come in for him, we did not want to hinder him.
“Robin has worked with the utmost professionalism and commitment since he came back to us following the sad events at the Jersey Reds, and we wish him the very best as he moves back to the Pirates.
“As everyone knows, we have a strong relationship with our friends in Penzance, and we know that they will take very good care of him.”
Head coach Ryan Lamb thanked Robin for his efforts since he came back in October. “Obviously Robin had a bit of a disrupted start to the season and we always said we’ll take him on and, if anything came through for a professional team, then we’d always let him carry on with his career.
“He’s come in and played very admirably. He’s bought in to everything that we’re doing and obviously he’s got an opportunity back down at the Pirates. We wish him well and we thank him for the last month or two that he’s been with us, and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”
The departing Wedders added: “I want to thank Max, Ryan, Aaron and the entire squad for welcoming me back into the club and giving me a brilliant environment to play rugby in over the last couple of months.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, but full-time rugby is not something I’m ready to give up just yet.
“The supporters also took me back in with open arms and I want to express my gratitude to them; I’ve really felt the love over the short time I’ve been back, and I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated it.
“It’s clear the club is heading in the right direction, and I wish everyone at Albion the very best of luck going forward.”